NIGERIA: Buhari Won’t Prosecute Mantu On Election Rigging Confession – Femi Falana

Human rights activist Femi Falana (SAN) has stated that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari would not prosecute former Senate President Ibrahim Mantu.
Senator Mantu had confessed to have rigged previous election in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking to Punch, Falana said Mantu’s statement would be treated with leniency just like other issues.
He said: “It should be treated the way all confessional statements are treated. But I think he made a general statement, he hasn’t identified which election was rigged.
“A former governor of Cross River State, Mr. Donald Duke, had actually given a more vivid account of how elections are manipulated in Nigeria.
“Furthermore, the National Human Rights Commission had also done a compilation of those who participated actively in the rigging of the 2011 elections and the government hasn’t done anything about it.
“I don’t think the Buhari regime will really follow-up on this revelation because we operate in an atmosphere of impunity. The country is run on the basis of official impunity.
“But clearly, there is no statute of limitation with respect to serious criminal offences, but I am so convinced that this will not be followed up.”

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