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DAILY TIMES (Jul 23, 2003)

By Thomas Uyense

GLOBAL Peace Movement, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has called for the immediate release of General Ishaya Bamaiyi with others detained along side with him at Kirikiri Maximum Prison.

Addressing a world press conference on Tuesday in Lagos, the director-general of External Affairs of the organisation, Gabriel Evbuoma, said the call was necessary because of the adoption of double standard in the dispensation of justice under the nation's legal system.

According to him, in the case of Iyiola Omisore, the impeached Deputy Governor of Osun State who was allegedly implicated in the murder of the late Attorney-General of the Federation, who was also said to be the prime suspect in the murder case was at present freely walking on the streets of Nigeria without any inhibition whatsoever.

Evbuoma noted that while Bamaiyi and others have been made to find a place of abode in the prison cells, Omisore did not only become a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria while in prison custody, he was appointed as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Defence, adding that the psyche of Nigerians and indeed all advocates of justice, equity and fair play could not be better assaulted than in the manner the cases of General Bamaiyi and Senator Omisore were handled.

Speaking further, he explained that both the executive and the judiciary of this nation have by their recent conduct in the case of Omisore put themselves under trial, noting that the loss of life of a respected nationalist and former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, in the circumstance in which it happened ought ordinarily to be of great concern to both the executive and judiciary.

"To us at Global Peace Movement, judiciary system must avoid double standard. The stream that flows to Omisore's bucket must also flow into General Bamaiyi's cup of tea," he said.

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