Release El-zakzaky, wife, they are critically ill, Falana tells Buhari

Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky
Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

Following the withdrawal of the petition against the Nigerian Army, the counsel to detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, on Wednesday made a fresh demand for his release on health grounds.

Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to release Ibraheem El-zakzaky, the IMN leader, and his wife, Zainab El-zakzaky, as they both need urgent medical attention.

“Sheik El-zakzaky already lost his left eye and he is on the verge of losing the right eye sequel to the brutal treatment meted out to him by the armed soldiers and the State Security Service has denied him foreign medical treatment recommended by the local specialists who had attended to him. Even the alternative arrangement put in place by the family of the Sheik to bring eye specialists from abroad to treat him in custody has equally been rejected without any legal justification”, Mr. Falana said in a letter to Mr. Buhari titled ‘Fresh request for the release of Sheik Ibraheem Elzakzaky and Hajia Zainab Elzakzaky.’

Mr. Falana said though Mr. El-zakzaky’s health is deteriorating and his wife’s condition is far worse.

“It may interest Your Excellency to know that the medical condition of Mrs Zainab El-zakzaky is by far worse than that of her husband. For reasons best known to the State Security Service, some of the bullets lodged in her body during the brutal attack of December 14, 2015, have not been extracted up till now. In the circumstances, she has been subjected to excruciating pain and agony, on a daily basis. Her life which is currently in danger may be saved and prolonged if she is allowed to receive adequate medical attention without any further delay”, Mr. Falana said.

The radical lawyer said the Abuja Judicial Division of the Federal High Court had on December 2, 2016 ordered the release of the couple from the illegal custody of the State Security Service, SSS. The court also awarded them N50 million and directed the federal government to provide them a temporary accommodation.

He said he was compelled to ask President Buhari to consider ordering the release of the couple since the federal government is not prepared to direct the SSS to comply with the court order.

Mr. Falana also pointed out the fact that the Judicial Commission of Enquiry which was set up by the Kaduna State government to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the violent attack unleashed on the Shiites in December 2015 did not recommend the indefinite incarceration or prosecution of Mr. El-zakzaky and his wife for any criminal offence whatsoever.

“Therefore, they should be allowed to regain their fundamental right to personal liberty guaranteed by Section 35 of the Constitution and Article 6 of the African Charter on Human and People Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act (CAP A10) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004”, he argued.

Mr. Falana, therefore, urged Mr. Buhari to release the couple and allow them to travel abroad for medical attention.

Mr. El-Zakzaky’s detention followed an attack on his followers by troops of the Nigerian Army in Zaria Kaduna State, leading to the death of over 300 IMN members. The army accused the Shiites of blocking a road to be used by the army chief, Tukur Buratai.

The couple are in detention in spite of a court order ordering their release. The government, however, said they are kept in protective custody “for their own safety.”


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  • share Idea

    Why this letter, I thought Falana and his vocal cabals told the nation that Buhari was a reformed dictator during campaign. Imagine detaining someone since 2015 without charge…let the impunity continue, that is part of CHANGE you gullible lot brought upon us. Nigeria we hail thee

  • Dazmillion

    Buhari will still answer for the murder of 304 civilians, preferably at the Hague.

  • Netanyahu

    This man, jubril from Sudan, must be the most wicked man this unfortunate country has had as a leader. How can anyone rationalize or justify this beastly cruelty? Let his supporters come out to justify this. It’s most inhuman to cause an old man to lose his sight, lock him and his wife up, kill off his children and ignore all court directives for his bail but would rush to London for common cold. He will definitely die a miserable death and go straight to the hottest part of hail.

  • KELLOGGS

    So imagine a leader who did what is detailed here by Falana, add others such as IPOB members killed and missing, yet NOBODY is urgently holding this Buhari accountable for these gross crimes, instead even people like Falana, are engaging this man on civil matters, such as governance, budget, “corruption”, and the like. Usually, when we have someone or a leader holding people incommunicado, killing people en masse, disobeying court orders, violating human rights, such a leader is held up to the world to be dealt with.

    So, the shame is really on Falana for trying to separate Buhari from the “government”, instead of the referring to him as the culprit, see where Falana is stated as saying: “…he was compelled to ask President Buhari to consider ordering the release of the couple since the federal government is not prepared to direct the SSS to comply with the court order”. In other words, Falana is putting the onus on some phantom government, instead of Buhari who has a history of doing this to his enemies.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Invitation to chaos is in the offing! The Nigerian security forces have formed the habit of either killing or wounding people and then carrying their bodies to hidden places! One wonders what these security forces do with these victims of theirs? Do they eat their dead bodies or something?

    Another invitation to disaster. Boko Haram started like a child’s play; and behold, Nigeria has not gotten out of it. The only thing we hear is that Jonathan caused the Boko Haram. If Jonathan did that why is the Boko Haram still with Nigeria and spreading, since Jonathan left office?

    The Boko Haram has been heard to say sometime that they would want Buhari to be their spokesman in a meeting with government at the time. Buhari had been known to remain quiet for a while and then had come out to declare he was not interested in that mediating role.

    But since Buhari had ascended the throne of his fathers the Boko Haram scourge had not abated. What is really happening? Why this kind of enigma? Nigerians must be careful not to open up another theatre of war and secession, similar to the Boko Haram type.

    That’s all!