Human rights activist and lawyer, Femi Falana has kicked against the seven-day ultimatum recently issued by a Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called Sunday Igboho, to Fulani herdsmen.
Speaking during an interview with BBC, Falana described the quit notice and eviction as illegal.
Lending his voice on the matter, Falana urged the affected herders to seek redress in court,
He said “Anybody who is affected by such illegal quit notices would have to go to court to stop whoever is issuing the notices. That is the law but don’t let us resort to violence; it is unnecessary.”
Acccording to him, the Senior lawyer said tsome of the evicted herders had lived in Ibarapaland for many years and have the legal rights to do so.
Falana said, “With profound respect under our laws, even a squatter cannot be ejected and that is why on a daily basis, tenants are given quit notices by landlords or owners of properties.
“So, a private citizen cannot wake up and say anybody should leave the community, you must embrace the rule of law. Nobody can do that, not even the government because section 43 of the constitution says every citizen shall have the right to own and acquire properties in any parts of the country.
“The campaign of the human rights community is that if you are born in a place, or you have lived for not less than ten years in any part of the country, you should be considered an indigene and be entitled to all the rights and privileges of the so-called indigenes of the state. So, for me, there is no way I can embrace anyone who has given a notice to quit to any group of people.”
He added that it is wrong to tagged a particular ethic group as criminals because few of them are bad elements.