Following the release of Sowore, Bakare and Dasuki from detentions in the concluding part of 2019, prior to legal efforts of Femi Falana(SAN), the SAN has risen again to ocassion by writing a letter to Malami and Federal Government for the release of Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), who has been in detention since 2015 without trial.
According to the cable report, In a letter dated January 2 and addressed to Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation (AGF), Falana said he is making the request in line with the pledge of President Muhammadu Buhari to respect the rule of law.
In his New Year message on Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that his government’s actions at all times would be govern by the rule of law.
Restating the court orders granting bail to El-Zakzaky, Falana said the AGF (Malami) had given contradictory reasons to justify the continued detention of the IMN leader.
“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,” he said.
Falana had in December demanded the release of El Zakzazy, while reacting to the release of Omoyele Sowore, convener of Revolution Now Movement and his Codefendant, Olawale Bakare.
Falana’s Letter to Federal Government
“following the release of Mr. Omoyele Sowore and Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd) from illegal custody last week you were reported to have said that our clients could only be released by the Kaduna State government.
“With respect, your position has failed to take cognisance of the fact that your office, the Presidency and the state security service had, up till last month, repeatedly given contradictory reasons to justify the disobedience of the aforesaid court orders for the release of our clients.
“In view of the foregoing, we urge you to use your good offices to review your position and ensure the immediate and unconditional compliance with the valid and subsisting orders of the federal high court and the Kaduna State High Court concerning our clients. This request is in line with the new policy of the Buhari administration to operate under the Rule of Law.”
El-Zakzaky and his wife have been in detention since 2015 when some of his followers clashed with soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna state.
Ibrahim El Zakzazy has lost six (6) of his Sons to this struggle, all were killed.
- Ahmad (Killed in 2014)
- Hameed (Killed in 2014)
- Mahmud (Killed in 2014)
- Hammad (Killed in 2015)
- Ali Haidar (Killed in 2015)
- Humaid (Killed in 2015)