Lawyers and human rights activities on Sunday expressed divergent views over whether a former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu, could be prosecuted for confessing that he had on many occasions participated in the rigging of elections in the country in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Mantu made the self-confession during an interview programme, Hard Copy, on Channels TV.
Asked how Mantu’s confession should be treated by the authorities, a human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), said since rigging was a criminal offence, Mantu’s confession should be treated like any confessional statement in a criminal case, noting that crime time did not run against crime.
Falana, however, expressed skepticism that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government would take any action against Mantu “because the country is being run on the basis of official impunity.”
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