June 20, 2024

Arewa Youths alleges attempt to limit Abba Kyari’s freedom

Abba Kyari

By Ibrahim Hassan-Wuyo

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has alleged that there were recent attempts to tamper with the freedom of Abba Kyari, a prominent Nigerian police officer currently facing legal proceedings.

The AYCF condemned any actions that undermine the concept of bail, which plays a crucial role in upholding justice and fairness in the legal system.

In a statement released by the President General, Yerima Shettima, the AYCF underscored the significance of bail as a fundamental right that allows individuals accused of crimes to maintain their liberty while awaiting trial.

” Bail, when granted in cases of bailable offences, enables the accused to resume their daily activities under specified court-imposed conditions.”

Yerima Shettima emphasized that Abba Kyari was granted bail within the bounds of the law, and there was no evidence of him violating the terms of his release or obstructing the course of justice.

” Despite this, AYCF has observed alarming reports suggesting attempts to intimidate and harass individuals on bail, raising serious concerns about the protection of legal rights.”

The AYCF calls for the preservation of the rule of law and the safeguarding of individuals’ rights to fair treatment within the legal system.

“In light of recent events regarding the bail of Abba Kyari, it is crucial to emphasize that tampering with an accused’s bail should only be considered in exceptional circumstances. The interests of justice and the protection of the community must be key considerations when contemplating the restriction of an individual’s liberty.”

“Courts must act in accordance with principles of fairness, transparency, and the rule of law to ensure that the rights of all individuals, including the presumption of innocence and the right to liberty, are respected. Any decision to deny Abba Kyari the full freedom to enjoy his bail should be met with resistance and challenge if it is believed to infringe upon his fundamental rights.”

“The principles of justice and the rule of law are fundamental pillars of a democratic society. It is imperative that these principles are upheld and protected at all times. The right to bail is not a privilege to be granted or revoked at the whim of those in power, but a fundamental right that must be respected and safeguarded,” the AYCF said.