A documentary website on the Life and Contributions of

Femi Falana SAN

Femi Falana is a Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist. He was the former president of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers and he is also a former chairman of the West African Bar Association, WABA. He contested and lost the governorship election of Ekiti State in 2007 on the ticket of the National Conscience Party; as of 2011 he was the national chairman of the party.
Femi Falana became a human rights activist as early as 1983 when he took bail of some university students who had been unlawfully remanded in prison custody. Mr Falana has claimed that this incident had led to him not being issued a discharge certificate by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) after his one year mandatory national service. In July 2001, Mr Falana petitioned the Justice Oputa led human rights panel over his withheld certificate, the NYSC denied that the certificate had been intentionally withheld and instead averred that it was Mr Falana who had not requested for it. The certificate was subsequently released to him on live television at the commission's sitting.
Mr Falana is renowned for providing free legal services to the poor and disadvantaged, he has been detained numerous times by the security services for his activism. He has won numerous awards locally and internationally for his activism.


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