I’ll not release Sheikh El-Zakzaky, says Gov El-Rufai

I’ll not release Sheikh El-Zakzaky, says Gov El-Rufai

- Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has given an update on Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

- The governor has vowed that he would not release the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria

- Governor El-rufai, however, explained that the fate of the IMN leader does not lie with his government but with the courts

Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has said he will not release the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

El-rufai said his decision is due to the pains the sect leader and his supporters had caused the people of Kaduna state for over 30 years before he was arrested.

The governor made the comment during a live radio interview monitored by Daily Trust on Friday, January 11, explaining that the fate of the IMN leader does not lie with his government but with the courts.

I’ll not release Sheikh El-Zakzaky, says Gov El-Rufai
Sheikh El-Zakzaky leads about 3 million Shiites in Nigeria. Photo source: Twitter
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He clarified that what the federal government meant when it said El-Zakzaky’s fate lies with the Kaduna state government is that it was not the one currently in court with the IMN leader.

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The IMN leader was arrested and detained by the federal government in 2015, after some of its members had a clash with security agents attached to Nigeria's Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai.

El-rufai said after the incident, his government undertook an investigation that looked into IMN alleged disregard for laws, harassment of other citizens right from when they were in Zaria city till they moved to the Gellesu Quarters.

He said it was when investigations were concluded that the Kaduna government based on its findings requested the federal government to release him to it so it could seek legal redress.

He said it was based on the request that the IMN leader was brought to Kaduna and subsequently charged to court.

Governor El-rufai further said foreign bodies intervening in the matter are wasting their time, adding that his government will not release him until his case is determined by the court.

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Recall that human rights activist and senior lawyer, Femi Falana, recently wrote a letter to the attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, demanding the release of El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeinat.

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.’’

Meanwhile, an advocacy group accused IMON members and its leadership of abusing rights of the children who were part of several of their protests conducted in some states across Nigeria.

The group, Save Humanity Advocacy Centre (SHAC) condemned in totality the use of children as a shield by the leadership of the IMN to allegedly conducted protest across Nigeria which turned violent.

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