- Femi Falana has called for the release of Ibraheem El-Zakzaky
- This follows the release of Sambo Dasuki and Omoyele Sowore by the DSS on orders of the federal government
- The senior lawyer said in line with valid and subsisting orders of courts, other political detainees and criminal suspects should be released
The federal government has been asked by Femi Falana (SAN) to release Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).
Reacting to the release of Omoyele Sowore, convener of Revolution Now Movement, and former national security officer, Sambo Dasuki, Falana said the time had come for the government to free El-Zakzaky too, The Cable reports
According to him, just like in the case of Sowore and Dasuki, there have also been court orders for the IMN leader to be released.
He said: “We have confirmed that the federal government has decided to comply with the orders of some municipal and regional courts for the release of Mr Omoyele Sowore and Col. Sambo Dasuki. However, we call on the federal government to release other political detainees and criminal suspects in line with valid and subsisting orders of courts."
Falana, who is counsel to El-Zakzaky and Sowore also asked the federal government to liaise with the government of Kaduna state to withdraw the charge filed against the IMN leader and his wife, Zeenat El-Zakzaky.
The senior lawyer said since the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has decided to embrace the rule of law, court orders freeing the IMN leader should be obeyed also.
Just like Dasuki, El-Zakzaky and his wife have been in detention for four years. They were both arrested in December 2015 when some members of the IMN clashed with soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna state.
The Federal High Court had on December 2, 2016, ordered the federal government to release the couple from custody.
Legit.ng had reported earlier that El-Zakzaky and his wife may be heading to the prison, newly christened correctional centre by the federal government.
According to the report, the Kaduna state high court ordered the transfer of the couple from SSS custody to prison.
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