FG keeping El-Zakzaky and his family over inability to build a house for them - Mohammed

FG keeping El-Zakzaky and his family over inability to build a house for them - Mohammed

- Ibrahim El-Zakzaky has been in detention with his family and some top members for over a year after a clash with the Nigerian Army

- Lai Mohammed, the minister of Information and Culture, said he is not in detention but protective custody

More than a year after his territory was raided, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, has remained in custody despite rulings by the court in his favour.

As call for his release has continued, the presidency has revealed that the sect’s leader is in a protective custody.

The minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, said El-Zakzaky was still in detention because the federal government was yet to build a house for him.

FG keeping El-Zakzaky and his family over inability to build a house for them - Mohammed
El-Zakzaky has been in custody for over a year

Mohammed, who spoke during a programme on Channels Television, said the court ruled that El-Zakzaky should be released but this was after his house had been rebuilt.

Mohammed said there was the need to keep him because no one wanted to accept him as a neighbour.

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He said the federal government is keeping him safe and that he is not in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) as was being speculated.

To him, the federal government cannot be accused of disobeying court orders regarding El-Zakzaky and the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd).

“I think there is a lot of deliberate misunderstanding on these issues.

“Number one, if a judgment is given and that judgment is appealed, you cannot accuse the government of violating that order if the appeal has not been decided.

“In the case of El-Zakzaky, how many Nigerians know that El-Zakzaky is not in prison custody, police custody or DSS custody?

“El-Zakzaky is in a house with his family. This is the honest truth.

“He is in what is called protective custody. The court ruled that he be released after his house has been rebuilt but nobody wants to accept El-Zakzaky as a neighbour.

“So, we have been unable to build the house. So, where do we release him to?

“In the case of Dasuki, every government will always thread this very thin line between personal liberty and national security.

“And I think you must give the government the credit to determine what is national security. In the case of Sambo Dasuki, the issue is a grave one.

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“If the person is in possession of $1.2 billion; there are records that he moved in one day $1.2 billion in two transactions - we know the banks he moved them to.

“And you refused to tell us what you have done with that money, I don’t think it would be prudent to jeopardise the national security of a whole nation because of the individual freedom of one person.

“Because with $1.2 billion, you can destabilise a whole country.

“You see, all those who have been disturbing us about rule of law or the other, I just wish they would have the opportunity to be in government for a short time and they will see how difficult it is to balance personal freedom with national security,” he said.

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Source: Legit.ng

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