Obey the court, release El-Zakzaky, wife, Amnesty International tells Nigerian govt

Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

The Nigerian authorities must immediately comply with a High Court order and release the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife from detention, said Amnesty International.

Mr. El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenah Ibraheem, have been in detention without charge for more than a year following a clash between his supporters and the Nigerian military in which soldiers slaughtered hundreds of men, women and children.

The authorities claim he is being held in “protective custody”.

“The 45 day deadline given for their release expires today. If the government deliberately disregards the orders of its own courts, it will demonstrate a flagrant – and dangerous – contempt for the rule of law,” said Makmid Kamara, Interim Director of Amnesty International Nigeria.

“El-Zakzaky is being unlawfully detained. This might be part of a wider effort to cover up the gruesome crimes committed by members of the security forces in Zaria in December 2015 that left hundreds dead.”

On December 2, 2016 the Federal High Court in Abuja ruled that Mr. El-Zakzaky and Zeenah Ibraheem should be released within 45 days. The court described their detention, which began in December 2015, as illegal and unconstitutional. The deadline for the court order expires on Monday, January 16.

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Amnesty International is also calling on the authorities to release other IMN supporters arrested at the same time as Mr. El-Zakzaky and his wife, who likewise remain in detention without charge.

Background

According to Amnesty International’s research, more than 350 IMN members were killed by security forces between 12 and 14 December 2015 in Zaria, Kaduna State.

The IMN is a Shiite religious and political organisation whose leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, has been a proponent of Shi’a Islam in Nigeria since the 1980s.

Processions, demonstrations and other activities organized by the IMN, usually without obtaining the necessary permits and at times blocking public roads, have resulted in confrontation with the Nigerian authorities and strained relations with other communities.


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  • LionHeart

    This government has no respect for constitution. There is no difference between Buhari in uniform and the present Buhari. What’s the use of having a constitution then? it’s only a dictator that disrespects the constitution of a nation.

    • ZebraCrosser

      @disqus_cMscvt2BTz:disqus

      AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL itself
      does not quite understand when the rains started beating Nigeria. What is
      happening today is a result of seeds of ignorance and banditry sown in Nigeria
      by mostly illiterate military officers who later took over power by force and robbed
      the treasury to become parvenu billionaires. With stolen money, these criminals,
      as military officers, cannot be expected to understand the rule of law or obey
      international conventions on decent conduct. That is why the story of Nigeria
      changed into a running story of banditry, after the 1967 Biafra Civil War.

      • LionHeart

        Very true

        • V.O Akins

          @disqus_cMscvt2BTz:disqus

          How about the people of Nigeria themselves. Are they sensible people? Do they need
          any radical to tell them that they are hungry and should save their own lives? Nigerians
          are mostly mental retards. Children can reason better than most Nigerians. All Nigerians
          want is a dollar to eat, and keep smelling all around the place, since they have no idea
          of what a good life should be. They just want to eat, even if they are put in a condition
          where they can’t afford toothpaste.

          Democracy is not the right type of government for animals. Democracy is for human beings
          who can think. Nigerians praise those who rob them because they can’t think. No matter how
          many elections you hold in Nigeria, good people like Gani Fawehinmi will never win because
          the smelly Nigerian people will always vote for hardened criminals who rob the community
          and the nation. That is why Bukola Saraki will always win in Kwara state, for example,
          because Nigerians are mentally retarded people who cannot be saved and who
          cannot save themselves either.

          • LionHeart

            There is some sense in what you said. The problem in Nigeria is that the people are so used to corruption to the point that it has become a culture and they wouldn’t mind voting for a criminal.

            But Nigerians where not like this before the 60’s. There was sanity until our leaders taught the nation how to be corrupt. In fact I can say that our leaders planted the seed of corruption in Nigeria and now it’s at a point where democracy can no longer work well in Nigeria.

            I once said that a good dictator will be suitable for Nigeria because of our mentality. But at the moment we are practising democracy so the rule of law should be followed in dealing with sensitive matters like that of the El-Zakzaky

  • veeboot

    @disqus_cMscvt2BTz:disqus

    General Olusegun Obasanjo exemplifies the tragedy of charlatans who launched coups, took over the country by force,
    and wrecked it for lack of knowledge. Obasanjo never sat in any school to learn the profession of diplomacy. He only
    relied on his native intelligence as a rustic child brought up in a village, but there’s no way native intelligence can fly
    an aeroplane anymore than native intelligence could substitute for real knowledge of a profession.

    At best, native intelligence made Obasanjo a charlatan in public affairs.To overcompensate for his inadequacy as a
    self-taught diplomat, he declared himself a ‘statesman’ – the same way the other riffraff in Uganda, Idi Amin,
    declared himself a field marshal just to look less like a buffoon.

    The economic destruction of Nigeria as a failed state was thus inevitable once these local charlatans,
    like Olusegun Obasanjo, took over power by and spread ignorance around Nigeria. The result of that
    long-running tragedy is Muhamdu Buhari against whom Amnesty International is screaming havoc.

    • No-Comment

      “In the President, in whom much hope was invested and misery was reaped, the man died.
      In the President, who made promises of alleviating poverty during campaign but rather
      exacerbates the level of hunger in the land, the man died. In the President who
      promised to declare his assets but goes to odious lengths to explain why he
      could not do it any longer, the man died. In the President who promised
      to reduce the cost of petrol but ended up increasing it astronomically,
      the man died. In the President who promised to increase the
      value of our Naira but rather devalued it beyond recognition,
      the man died”.

      ……………….Remi Oyeyemi

      (January 3rd, 2017)

    • Michael

      Are you on cocaine?

  • tony H

    “…it will demonstrate a flagrant – and dangerous – contempt for the rule of law…”

    Good morning Amnesty International, we beg you all to listen to us that this General Buhari is no democrat.. But the Muslim Obama wanted his Muslim brother to rule Nigeria. The name useless Obama is whining about Russian interference in US election. T – 5 days to say bye bye to yeye Obama.

    • Black or White

      Some help will help you

      • i.k.c

        @disqus_shRMvsO4cC:disqus : International Community must not put Muhamadu Buhari in the same cell of the same prison where they put ex Liberia President Charles Taylor because Muhamadu Buhari is too old to take
        body blows, head butts, karate jabs, hot slaps, body slam, and so on, from Charles Taylor who is stronger.

      • tony H

        ????????

    • Akowaba333

      @disqus_gKXeNp1Rzj:disqus : I am afraid. The international community may pounce on President Buhari soon. Buhari’s case was submitted to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. That could be the beginning of a painful end to Muhamadu Buhari’s journey. Buhari is accused of genocide for being the commander-in-chief of a national
      army ordered to kill over 300 Shiite Muslims who were then quickly buried in a mass grave in Kaduna state.
      No foreign country has since then spoken out to exonerate Buhari from a prospective genocide trial.
      I am now afraid that Muhamadu Buhari’s end could be painful. Genocide is an international crime.

      • NEWS REEL

        “The Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, (Nigerian Shiite) has
        dragged the Nigerian Army to the International Criminal Court of justice, ICC,
        over allegation of genocide. Spokesman of the IMN, Ibrahim Musa said the case
        was filed on behalf of the IMN by the Islamic Human Right Commission, IHRC,
        Commission based in London. He quoted the IHRC as writing the ICC as thus: “The
        crimes committed between December 12th and 14th, 2015 in Zaria, Kaduna State,
        by the Nigerian army amount to crimes against humanity. The crimes committed by
        the Nigerian army meet all the necessary legal requirements to warrant a
        preliminary investigation by the ICC prosecutor
        .”

        • Goxy333

          @disqus_shRMvsO4cC:disqus

          PRESIDENT BUHARI SHOULD NOT EXPECT TO SMELL THE WHITE HOUSE IN AMERICA AGAIN
          IN HIS LIFE FOR SO LONG AS HE IS AN ACCUSED CRIMINAL UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR THE MOST HEINOUS OFFENCE OF MASS MURDER AND GENOCIDE WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF taking office AS PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA. THAT IS THE END OF BUHARI AS FAR AS DONALD TRUMP
          AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ARE CONCERNED…..REGARDING GENOCIDE!!!!

      • tony H

        Buhari’s benefactor, Obama, is about to leave the stage a defeated man.

  • Shorty & Sharpy

    @disqus_gKXeNp1Rzj:disqus

    MUHAMADU BUHARI IS A LET-DOWN BEFORE GOD AND MAN; A DISGRACE TO THE BLACK RACE;
    A CANCEROUS EXCRESCENCE ON THE BODY POLITY – A GENOCIDAL ASSAULT ON CIVILIZATION.

    • A.A Olas

      …But what was Professor Wole Soyinka drinking…..when he described Muhamadu Buhari
      ….as a born again democrat……when six months later, after taking office…..genocide resulted?…
      ….The rest of the civilized world is now giving Muhamadu Buhari a wide berth….like ostracism….
      ………….For here was a man being pampered in June 2015 to come up with ‘a shopping list’……
      ……….But by December 2015 – the same year…..a genocide case against him was filed at ICC…..
      …The developed countries then kept a distance from Buhari, as if he has a bad odour….

      • Literatti

        Hahahahahaha! Na today?

        Wole Soyinka has a fatal attraction to power.

        His proclivity for hyperbole puts him nearer to falsehood than truth-telling.

  • kayode Olufade

    Charge him or let him go! This has already cost the tax payers over 30 million naira in restitution

  • nixon

    This is why I said Nigeria is finished! If this happens in the states, you will see people from cabinet resigning cos they have an integrity to uphold. And people like itse Sagay will come on TV defending this govt? And Buhari is going to Gambia to mediate on behalf of Ecowas? Loool! I challenge anyone here to name one Nigerian leader today comparable to leaders like jaconde, Gani, azukiwe, awolowo, Phillip asiedu, balewa. Pls don’t name okorocha o, el rufai, amaechi and Tinubu o, cos thunder go visit u quickly!

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