Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has revealed that the allegations levelled against Colombian businessman, Alex Saab, by the United States government are politically motivated.
Falana made this assertion during a statement issued on Friday, April 10, in response to the controversy surrounding Saab’s case.
1st News had reported that Twitter earlier in the week suspended the accounts of some Nigerian influencers for launching a media campaign for the release of Saab, a close ally of Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, who is wanted in the US for alleged money laundering.
Saab was arrested in Cape Verde on his way from Iran at the request of the US; but Falana instituted a case against Cape Verde before the ECOWAS court in Abuja and won.
Switzerland, where Saab allegedly stashed stolen funds, also recently dropped a probe, stating that it could not find any evidence of fraud.
However, Falana said, “The allegations against Saab are politically motivated by the US. He is being targeted because of his relationship with Maduro. They asked Switzerland to investigate him for money laundering and nothing was found.
“In any case, the man is still presumed innocent. He was an ambassador and had diplomatic immunity and yet they arrested him.
“Cape Verde lost at the ECOWAS court and is now in contempt for refusing to release Saab.”
Meanwhile, Falana & Falana’s Chambers, lawyers to the former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, on Friday, April 9, wrote Japhet Omojuwa, a social media influencer, demanding a public apology over her alleged ties to Alpha Reach, a PR company implicated in activities to free Alex Saab, a Colombian felon.
The letter, a copy of which was sighted by 1st News, was signed on behalf of Ezekwesili by her attorney; Marshal Abubakar, a member of the Falana law firm.
Alpha Reach is reportedly owned by Omojuwa. It had emerged that the firm was involved with a UK-based non-profit organization, Digital Good Governance for Africa.
This was to pay influencers who tweeted positively about Saab in an effort to sway public opinion; as well as court proceedings in Nigeria and Cape Verde, the African island nation where the alleged felon is currently under house arrest.