- The federal government has revealed why it cannot release Ibrahim El-Zakzaky
- The minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, explained that El-Zakzaky's case is within the jurisdiction of the Kaduna state high court
- Malami said that the federal government cannot put on hold or disrupt legal processes and arbitrarily free the cleric
Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami, has revealed why the federal government cannot move to effect the release of Ibrahim El Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN).
Malami on Thursday, December 26, explained that unlike Omoyele Sowore and Sambo Dasuki, the former National Security Adviser (NSA), El-Zakzaky's case is between himself and the Kaduna state high court, The Guardian reports.
The minister of justice said that neither the federal government nor the presidency can disrupt the legal process that has been on in relation to the IMN's leader.
He stressed that the cleric is not in custody on account of the federal government as insinuated by many persons.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Department of State Security (DSS) had been ordered by the federal government to release Dasuki and Sowore.
Malami made this public in a statement on Tuesday, December 24. He said the decision to release them was in compliance with the bail granted the two by the court.
The statement read: “The office of the honourable attorney general of the federation has reviewed the pending criminal charges against the duo of Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) and Omoyele Sowore.
“Whilst the Federal High Court has exercised its discretion in granting bail to the defendants in respect of the charges against them, I am also not unmindful of the right of the complainant/prosecution to appeal or further challenge the grant of bail by the court having regards to extant legal provisions, particularly Section 169 of the administration of criminal justice act, 2015."
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