- Shiite leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, says he and his wife want to be released from detention
- El-Zakzaky's lawyer, Falana, wrote a letter to the minister of justice and attorney-general of the federation, Malami, to table the Shiite leader's demand
- Falana's letter dismissed Malami's earlier explanation that it is the Kaduna state government that can release the IMN leader
Erudite lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana, has written a letter to the attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, demanding the release of the detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeinat.
Sahara Reporters published the full copy of the letter titled "Request for compliance with court orders in favour of Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and Hajia Zeinat El-Zakzaky" which was written by Falana to Malami on Thursday, January 2.
In the letter, Falana urged the attorney general to obey the several court orders directing the Shiite leader to be released on bail.
The letter read in part: "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."
Falana disagreed with Malami's submission that it is the Kaduna state government that can release the Shiite leader. He noted that it had been the federal government and the executive that had been explaining why El-Zakzaky remained in detention and not the Kaduna government.
"However, 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 office 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."
Legit.ng reported how the attorney general, Malami, accused Falana of attempting to score cheap political points with the release of the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, from detention by the federal government.
The minister, in a statement issued by his media aide, Umar Gwandu, on Monday, December 30, accused Falana, who is Sowore’s lawyer, of concocting constitutional provisions for “mischief.”
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