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Festus Keyamo accuses FG of “Double Standards” in Handling Alamieyeseigha & Falode’s Sons’ Deaths

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Renowned lawyer and human rights activist, Festus Keyamo, is speaking out on what he describes as “the double standard” shown by the government in its response to Alamieyeseigha’s son Oyamuyefa’s death in comparison with how Toba Falode‘s death was handled.

You will recall that just like Oyamuyefa, Toba similarly died in Dubai under mysterious circumstances.

In a press release titled “The Painful Death of Oyamuyefa Alamieyeseigha and the Double Standard of the Federal in respect of such Incidents,” Keyamo states:

It is with a heavy heart and sadness that we received the news of the untimely death of a citizen of Nigeria in Dubai, Mr. Oyamuyefa Alamieyeseigha. It is particularly painful to note that he died in his prime and under questionable circumstances. We send our heartfelt condolence to the Alamieyeseigha family and pray that God grants them the strength and fortitude to bear the loss.

However, we note the swiftness with which the Federal Government responded to this sad and painful news with a call on the U.A.E authorities to fish out the killers of Mr. Oyamuyefa Alamieyeseigha.

However, whilst this action of the Federal Government is commendable, it smacks of double standards. Recall that on 15th of February, 2014, Toba (Tyler) Falode was also murdered in hazy circumstances in Dubai. Recall also that the mother, Aisha Falode took it upon herself to carry out some discreet investigation into those circumstances and has since been crying out for justice for her son. Up till this minute, the Federal Government has not issued a single statement calling on the U.A.E authorities to fish out the killers of Toba Falode. The Federal Government has played the ostrich in the case of Toba, leaving the mother and family grieving alone. The question is, with the swift response in the case of Oyamuyefa Alamieyeseigha, does the Federal Government value the lives of some of its citizens more than others?

More importantly, it must be said that it is the lukewarm attitude of the Federal Government towards the earlier cases of Nigerians murdered abroad like the case of Toba that has emboldened foreigners in foreign lands to snuff the lives out of Nigerians without any qualms. If the Federal Government had shown more interest in the case of Toba, perhaps the precious life of Mr. Oyamuyefa Alamieyeseigha would have been saved.

We hope this is a bitter lesson to the Federal Government and we hereby re-iterate our call on the Federal Government to show more interest in the quest to find the killers of Toba Falode and bring them to justice.

Thank you

 FESTUS KEYAMO, ESQ.

13 Comments

  1. Vintage Closet 9ja

    October 16, 2014 at 11:55 am

    I said this thing yesterday!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Colour Purple

    October 16, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I couldn’t have phrased it better. Well done.

    Oga Jona, I hope say you dey hear?

  3. PACE

    October 16, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    When I read stories like this it reminds me of a novel I read while in Secondary School, Animal Farm by George Orwell in which Napoleon declared “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others”. Sadly, that’s the state of things in our beloved country Nigeria. How I wish the woes faced daily by the common man could be experienced by people in power rather than helpless citizens. At least they’ll be able to come up with solutions much quicker.

  4. jaybird

    October 16, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    He has said the truth. See the way a grieving mother took it upon herself to find out what really happened to her child, see her efforts in publicizing it, yet, no word whatsoever from Jona and his folks dem, cos it’s his oga’s son, look how they wer quick to respond. Who knows if they had put pressure on d UAE government, maybe this death may not have happened. Even tho, we don’t know what happened, but what’s to say it’s not the same circle of people, seeing how their authorities r quick to close the case and call murder, suicide.

  5. Jonathan AKA Dumbo

    October 16, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    I hope the government realises that when they keep quiet it’s only a little while before evil befalls their own families

  6. Seyi Olujimi

    October 16, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Is it not shameful that the man who brought shame to Nigeria abroad, ‘pardoned’ in a strange manner is now being accorded recognition? Aisha Falode never brought shame to Nigeria but the Federal government chose to neglect her in our time of trouble but took side with someone once declared a criminal outside our shores. How do we expect patriotism from citizens when our leaders exhibit this kind of behaviour? Nigerian governments have a penchant for honouring the corrupt, lawless and selfish leaders. It’s another confirmation that the lives of the ordinary Nigerian does not count to government. If our leaders ever do anything in favour of the common man, it is just to score a political point or enhance their chances at the polls. Sorry, Nigerian leaders don’t have genuine interest of their citizens. Over 10 Nigerians died in an unviable project called National Stadium recently while seeking employment; nothing has been done to punish those responsible for this ‘dastardly act’ (as they would describe such things). How do we expect other nations to value us when our government who should do so turn away their eyes when calamity befalls the common man? Na wa for naija o!!!!

  7. di

    October 16, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    true talk….btw dis K guy is kinda cute sha..:*coversfaceandrunsoff*

  8. Noms

    October 16, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    If it doesn’t affect someone who is in government directly, then its not a problem to be tackled or treated with urgency.
    Na the naija when we dey?

  9. Dee

    October 16, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    People treat is badly everywhere because they know we don’t have a government that cares about its people. When something happens to an American or British citizen on foreign soil they know that their government will do everything to get them justice

  10. papermoon

    October 16, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    this guy is either cute or extremely photogenic, nice…………

  11. Chuckleberry

    October 16, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Well spoken. Selective justice. Both families are grieving now but one family will bury their son knowing justice was served. The least that can be done for the other family, is to do what should be done.

  12. Oluwaseun

    October 16, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Useless government! I hope woe and calamity befall everyone occupying public offices in Nigeria who are there only to satisfy their own personal interests, at the detriment of everyday Nigerians who are at the lower echelons of the society.

    This is a wake up call. It’s only just beginning. I hope to see many more of these mediocres go down the same drain they have flushed the citizens who gave their votes to see these fools to the top. Woe betide them all!!!

  13. maryjane

    October 17, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    @festus,do u kwn how many nigerians re been killed abroad everyday without. Nigeria govtment respond or pretending as if they don’t care,y talking abut this two seriously or ist becos they re frm a famous background,is that the reason for ur talks. Every nigerians shuld be treated equally.may their souls rest in peace.

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