Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer, says 57 detainees at the Nigerian Navy facility in Apapa, Lagos, have embarked on a hunger strike to protest their detention without trial.
He said the detainees started the strike on Monday.
“The 57 people being detained illegally by the Nigerian Navy at NNS Beecroft detention facility at Apapa, Lagos commenced a hunger strike on Monday, September 9, 2019,” he said.
“They are protesting their detention without trial for periods ranging from 8 months to over 2 years.
“The Federal High Court has nullified the detention of some of the detainees while others have been granted bail. But the Nigerian Navy has treated the court orders with contempt.
“In spite of its official policy to respect the human rights of the Nigerian people the Buhari administration qhas failed to call the detaining authorities to order.”
Falana had, in May, accused the Navy of disregarding President Muhammadu Buhari’s order to release them.