#PantamiResign: Ozekhome argues that Malami should be forced to sue Pantami for terrorism

Where he fails or refuses to do so (as I know he would), then President Muhammadu) Buhari should sack him
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Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami

Mike Ozekhome (SAN), a human rights lawyer, has urged Nigerians and civil society organizations to use the law to force Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) to sue Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami for terrorism.

Pantami's previous radical statements endorsing militant organizations like the Taliban and Al-Qaeda were exonerated by the White House, according to the lawyer. He called presidential spokesman Garba Shehu's defense that Pantami had apologized and should be forgiven a "pedestrian statement."

Pantami cannot be charged under the Terrorism Act because his suspected terrorist activities happened between 2000 and 2006, prior to the passage of the Terrorism Act in 2011, Ozekhome said, but the communications minister can be prosecuted under the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act.

“The combustible and inflammable comments of Dr. Pantami no doubt were intended to cause fear or make any government or bodies abandon a standpoint, induce fear in the public or government, etc. He can be charged under the EFCC Act,” the senior advocate said.

Ozekhome further noted,

“Under section 5(2) of the Terrorism Prevention (Amendment) Act, Pantami can be charged for terrorist activities, because terrorism includes “support” for; and “support” includes (in the words of the Act) “incitement to commit a terrorist act through the internet or any electronic means or through the use of printed materials or through the dissemination of terrorist information”.

“My humble call on Pantami is to resign his ministerial appointment and save this clueless government of further infamy, calumny, obloquy and odium.

“Where he fails or refuses to do so (as I know he would), then President Muhammadu) Buhari should sack him. Where Buhari refuses (as I know he would), then, any and every Nigerian or NGO that feels sufficiently concerned and aggrieved can approach the courts and ask for an Order of Mandamus, to compel the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, to prosecute Pantami, by virtue of section 174 of the 1999 Constitution. Every Nigerian has the right (locus standi) to do this.”