Free Shiite’s Leader El-ZakzaKy Within 45 Days- Court Orders FG

By Ikenga Chronicles December 2, 2016

Free Shiite’s Leader El-ZakzaKy Within 45 Days- Court Orders FG

The Federal Government has on Friday received an order from a Federal High Court on the immediate release of the leader of the Shi’a Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

The order came barely 24-hours after the Shiite group barricaded the National Assembly complex in protest for his release.

Recall that El-Zakzaky was arrested by the military on December 14, 2015, after a clash between the movement and officers of the Nigerian army.

Delivering the judgement, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, rejected the submission of the counsel to the State Security Service, Tijjani Gazali that El-Zakzaky was kept in protective custody of the SSS.

He said the decision to hold the Islamic cleric and his wife for their safety was not based on law.

“I have not been shown any incident report or any complaint lodged by residents around the neighbourhood that the applicant has become a nuisance to his neigbourhood” said the judge.

He said the decision of the government to hold the applicant for so long amounted to great danger.

Citing the death of former leader of the Boko Haram leader, Mohammed Yusuf, the judge said; “If the applicant dies in custody which I do not pray for, it could result in many needless deaths.”

Kolawole said the government should within 45 days release the applicant and his family to the police, who shall within 24 hours take them, guarded by escort, to a safe place.

He added that the SSS will pay a fine of N25 million each to El-Zakzaky and his wife, making it N50 million.