Mr Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has once more written a letter to the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, demanding the discharge of the detained chief of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his spouse, Zeinat.
According to the letter dated January 2, Falana requested President Muhammadu Buhari to honour the request to launch Sheikh Zakzaky and his spouse as proof that the president is working in compliance with the rule of regulation.
The letter partly learn: “In view of the recent decision of the federal government to comply with all court orders we have the instructions of our clients to request you to ensure compliance with the valid and subsisting orders of the federal high court and Kaduna state high court concerning them which are set out hereunder:
“On December 2, 2016, the federal high court presided over by the Honourable Justice G. O. Kolawole (now of the Court of Appeal) declared illegal and unconstitutional the arrest and detention of Sheikh Ibraheem Elzakzaky and his wife, Hajia Zeinat Elzakzaky by armed soldiers.
“Consequently, the Court awarded them N50 million damages for their illegal detention, ordered the state security service to release them from custody forthwith and provide them with a house since the Nigerian Army had burnt down and demolished their house in Zaria, Kaduna State.
“Without any legal basis whatsoever the federal government refused to comply with the aforesaid court orders. Curiously, the contemptuous acts of the federal government were publicly defended by your good self and some other high ranking officials of the Buhari administration.”
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Falana in his letter additionally countered a declare by the AGF suggesting that El-Zakzaky’s launch might solely be facilitated by the Kaduna State Government.
He burdened that the AGF’s place didn’t take cognisance of the truth that his workplace, the Presidency and the state safety service had, up until final month, repeatedly given contradictory causes to justify the disobedience to courtroom orders for the discharge of the Sheikh.
The Senior Advocate urged the Attorney-General of the Federation to make use of his good places of work to assessment the federal government’s place and make sure the rapid and unconditional compliance with the legitimate and subsisting orders of the federal excessive courtroom and the Kaduna State High Court regarding Sheikh Zakzaky.