A human rights lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) has said he sued the Nigerian Army over the planned Operation Positive Identification because it is illegal.
Falana said the Nigerian Army does not have the constitutional rights to usurp the powers vested on the Nigeria Police in the nation’s internal security.
Falana spoke recently to Channels TV where he called on the Army to put more efforts in tackling Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast
“I am praying the court to restrain the Armed Forces, the Nigerian Army permanently from subjecting Nigerians to such ridiculous harassment as they are planning,” he said.
“I am actually telling the court that majority of Nigerians do not have any means of identifying themselves. They do not have passports, driving licences, voters cards or international passports.”
When asked if he secured a court injunction to stop the military from carrying out the exercise, he said: “I am working seriously on an injunction.”
According to the “Constitution has vested the police the powers of maintaining internal security in Nigeria while the Armed Forces are in charge of defending the territorial integrity of the country.
“There are a number of court decisions, not less than five, that have made it pointedly clear that the military have no business in usurping police powers by attempting to maintain law and order in this country.”
Concise News understands that the Nigerian Army had debunked the planned nationwide “Operation Positive Identification” (OPI), describing it as “Fake Alert.”
In a tweet on its handle, the Army urged Nigerians to disregard the reports of the start of the OPI in the country.