Emerging reports have claimed that members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria have rallied again to demand the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, currently in the custody of the federal government.
The Shi’ite members on Wednesday, February 20, staged a protest in front of the foreign affairs ministry to whip up international attention to their demand.
The report further claimed the members took the advantage of the presence of international election observers to complain against the continued detention of their leader.
El-Zakzaky and his wife have been held by the Nigerian government since December 2015 despite court rulings authorising their release.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the leader of the Islamic Islamic Movement In Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, was suffering from glaucoma and completely lost one of his eyes, his lead counsel, Femi Falana, told a court in Kaduna on Tuesday, January 22.
The senior lawyer said this when the case against El-Zakzaky came up for hearing at the high court.
The report also said Falana made a case for Zeenat, the wife of El-Zakzaky, saying there were bullets yet to be extracted from her system.
He said his legal team was concerned about the state of health of El-Zakzaky and his wife. However, the counsel to the Kaduna state government, Dari Bayero, noted that two defendants in the case were dropped remaining the sect leader and his wife.
In a related development, the federal government was recently urged to prosecute leaders and members of the IMN.
It was learnt that participants at a one day seminar for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) and other critical stakeholders held in Abuja on Sunday, December 3, 2018, recommended prosecution of IMN leaders and its members for terrorism.
In a communique issued by the conveners of the workshop, Jonathan Audu, Abubakar Wakil Mohammad and Osita Egbuniwehe, the organisation said the activities of IMN members if not urgently checked may constitute another insurgent war.
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