Femi Falana, a Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist, has reacted after the Accountant General of the federation was released from the EFCC custody after being accused of 174bn in fraud involvement.
The well-known lawyer pointed out that the case would have been different if Ahmed Idris was a poor man.
Mr. Falana also used the case of Chief Rochas Okorocha as another example.
According to him, if it had been an ordinary man that was accused of stealing such a thing, he would have been arrested and humiliated. He noted that this is how the law is treated in Nigeria.
Speaking through a video, he said, “The case of Mr. Ahmed Idris, the Accountant General of the federation, has shown the class character of the Nigerian criminal law system.”
“The former officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria who were accused of stealing N10 million are languishing in the custody of the police as their bail was denied by the federal High Court, but here is a guy, accused of stealing more than 80 billion, and he was asked to go home on bail.
“Also, look at the case of Chief Rochas Okorocha, the former Governor of Imo State, who was also arrested by the EFCC.
The media and lawyers accused the EFCC of trying to tarnish his image.”We only say that when it concerns the rich.
Ordinary people who are accused of stealing N10 or N20 are arrested and humiliated; if they attempt to run or hide in any home, the home will be broken into, and the suspect will be subjected to physical attack and torture. “