Court Orders Transfer Of El-Zakzaky, Wife From DSS Custody To Correctional Facility

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Ibrahim El-Zakzaky addresses reporters in Abuja in January 2018.

 

 

A Kaduna state high court sitting in the state capital has ordered that the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife be transferred from the custody of the DSS to a correctional centre in the state.

The trial judge, Justice Gideon Kudafa in his ruling on Thursday says the decision to remand the IMN leader and his wife in a correctional facility is to enable their lawyers and doctors to have easy access to them.

He, therefore, adjourned the case to February the 6th for the commencement of trial.

The IMN leader is facing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of the public peace, among other charges.

The trial judge, Justice Gideon Kudafa had on March the 26th adjourned the case indefinitely following his appointment as a member of the Election Petition Tribunal in Yobe State.

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El-Zakzaky and his wife were not in court during the last proceedings, although their counsel, Femi Falana, claimed that their absence was due to their deteriorated health conditions.

He and his wife (Zeenat) were denied bail by the presiding judge during the last sitting on January 22, 2018.

In the application for bail filed by El Zakzaky’s lawyer, Femi Falana, on his behalf at the last sitting, the legal practitioner prayed the court to give a mandatory order for his client and his wife to be flown abroad.

Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, informed the court that this was to enable them to receive proper medical attention since the Federal Government has glaringly failed to cure them of the injuries they sustained during the alleged army’s onslaught on their residence in December 2015.

The judge in his ruling, however, ordered that El Zakzaky should be allowed by the government to bring doctors of his choice to examine him in the presence of doctors from the government before the date of the next sitting.

With the absence of the trial judge, Counsel to the IMN leader, Mr. Falana, filed a fresh application at another court of equal jurisdiction on July the 18th asking it to grant his clients leave to seek medical attention abroad and thereafter return for the continuation of their trial.

Consequently, on August the 5th, the presiding judge, Justice Darius Khobo ordered that the IMN leader and his wife be accompanied abroad by officials of the Kaduna State government.

The presiding judge ruled that El-Zakzaky and his wife should proceed to India for medical treatment, after which they will return to Nigeria to face their trial.

We Are Not Detaining Dasuki, El-Zakzaky In Defiance Of Court Orders – DSS

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has said that it is not detaining certain prominent Nigerians in defiance of court injunctions. 

This is following outcries about the alleged disobedience to Court Orders and illegal detention of some notable persons (particularly Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky) who are undergoing trials at the Courts.

In reaction to the claims, the DSS said the duo had appealed to the Courts to be left in the custody of the Service instead of being taken to the Correctional Centres.

According to a communique from the Service, many of those who are within the DSS custody opted to remain there on their own volition, including El-Zakzaky who “opted to be returned to the custody of the Service even as the Court had granted him leave to seek medical care in India”.

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The DSS says it has continued to extend the best courtesies to the personalities since their stay in the Service’s custody.

“They are allowed access to people and use of other facilities like telephones, gymnasium, TV, newspapers and medical facilities.

“Among others, their families and trusted persons bring them food of their choices on a daily basis. There could not have been better treatments than these.

“Against the wrong perception that the Service held these persons in defiance to Court Orders, it is obvious, by the above explanations, that they rather chose to be looked after by the DSS. The reason for such a choice is not farfetched. It is simply because the Service’s holding facilities are good and within acceptable international standards.

“It is not in the character of the DSS to join issues with persons or groups. Yet, silence should not be golden at a time like this. For its compliance with democratic norms, the Service owes the Nigerian public a duty to explain some of its activities. This is more so that these are oftentimes grossly misunderstood or misrepresented,” the DSS communique read in part.

The Service restated its commitment to a strong partnership with the media and other stakeholders including opinion leaders, stating that it is not averse to criticisms and therefore welcomes constructive engagement from all and sundry.

The DSS further stated that it will continue to conduct its operations within the bounds of the law and importantly be guided by that time tested axiom of Usman Dan Fodio that conscience is an open wound and only the truth can heal it.

‘El-Zakzaky Conniving With Iran To Islamize Nigeria’ – FG

Court To Rule On El-Zakzaky's Bail Application August 5
A file photo of Mr Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

 

The Federal Government is alleging that the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky has the sole aim of establishing an Islamic State in Nigeria.

In a counter-affidavit filed on behalf of the government by Solicitor General of the Federation against the motion of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria challenging its proscription, the government claims the cleric had the full support of the Iranian government to achieve this aim.

Justice Evelyn Maha of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court who issued the proscription order today fixed the eleventh of September, 2019 for the hearing of the motion filed on behalf of the IMN by Mister Femi Falana.

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The adjournment is predicated on an application for extension of time filed by the Counsel to the Department of State Services.

The Department of Security Service (DSS) is asking the court for more time to enable them to regularise a motion filed in respect of the suit.

Members of IMN had earlier approached the court challenging the Federal Government’s decision proscribing the movement on the ground that it is a terrorist organisation.

Sheikh Zakzaky Didn’t Seek Asylum In India – IMN

BREAKING: Court Fixes October To Rule On El-Zakzaky's Bail Application
Ibrahim El-Zakzaky addresses reporters in Abuja in January 2018.

 

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has described a recent statement credited to the Federal Government that its leader Sheikh Zakzaky had wanted to seek asylum in India before his repatriation as part of a campaign of calumny by the government to cover its own gross misconduct in a foreign land.

This was made known in a press statement issued to newsmen today by Ibrahim Musa, president Media Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

The Islamic Movement further accused the federal government of mischievously going beyond its role of supervision to the level of maliciously interfering in the medical process, instructing on which doctors the Sheikh and his wife must see, while refusing to allow them access to their own doctors, which confirms the allegation that the government had wanted to kill the Sheikh in the name of medical treatment.

“Before efforts at resolving this impasse could be concluded, the Sheikh was brought back to Nigeria, since their evil schemes could not be executed. The government is now churning out contradictory explanations to blame the Sheikh for not allowing himself to be killed in the name of medical treatment. The Nigerian government is also blackmailing the Sheikh that he sought for asylum in India just to cover their own gross misconduct in a foreign land,” according to the press statement.

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Below is the IMN’s full statement:

RE: The Repatriation Of IBRAHEEM ZAKZAKY From India – The Facts

Sequel to the Nigerian government’s sinister operation that frustrated the treatment of the revered Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H) and his wife Malam Zeenat Ibrahim in India that led to the repatriation of the couple, the Nigerian government, in its effort to deceive the general public, has concocted contradictory statements and lies to color its acts of violating the order given by the Kaduna High court allowing the Sheikh to seek treatment in India, with the government only supervising.

The facts are that the government mischievously went beyond its role of supervision to the level of maliciously interfering in the medical process, instructing on which doctors the Sheikh and his wife must see, while refusing to allow them access to their own doctors. Apparently, the government had a hidden mission, the details of which they had detailed specific doctors to execute. The Sheikh was forced to either accept their choice or return home within two hours.

Being mindful of the government’s various previous plots to eliminate him since 2015, first through the barrels of the gun and much later through poisoning in detention while refusing him access to adequate medical care until the court’s intervention, the Sheikh sensed the government’s intention of inducing killer doctors to finish what they had earlier started, now through the back door. He therefore insisted on having the presence of the doctors that initially assessed him in Nigeria, who also worked in that hospital, failing which, he preferred to return to Nigeria.

He refused to be subjected to any breach in the basic ethical principles guiding the medical treatment of people of respect for persons: protecting the autonomy of all people and treating them with courtesy and respect and allowing for informed consent, which the Nigerian government had contracted medical personnel in the Indian hospital to throw to the wind.

Before efforts at resolving this impasse could be concluded, the Sheikh was brought back to Nigeria, since their evil schemes could not be executed. The government is now churning out contradictory explanations to blame the Sheikh for not allowing himself to be killed in the name of medical treatment. The Nigerian government is also blackmailing the Sheikh that he sought for asylum in India just to cover their own gross misconduct in a foreign land.

The campaign of calumny has been championed by the Federal Ministry of Information, which sarcastically even said they were apologising to India for the Sheikh’s “unruly behaviour” rather than for their own obvious attempted assassination of somebody in another country!

Isn’t it rather contradictory that someone allegedly seeking asylum would be unwilling to stay back irrespective of the circumstances but preferring instead to return to his home country. It is on record that it was the Sheikh who requested to be brought back home having been denied access to his doctors and rejecting the killer squad engaged to “treat” him instead.

The government’s claim that Sheikh’s wife antagonized the Nigerian officials by accusing them of killing her three children is yet another spurious search for justification for its maltreatment of the couple. Isn’t it true that it is the government that killed her three sons when its army invaded their residence at night in December 2015? Wasn’t her husband dragged over the corpses of their murdered children having been shot himself and left swimming in his own pool of blood? Wasn’t she also shot and left lying lifeless in the process? Were they expecting a cheer from her for all these severe gross violation of their fundamental rights, even as judged by a competent federal court?

It is rather very shameful and a slap in the face of Nigeria that the government which hitherto claimed it had no hand in the case, now has to resort to lies, calumny and blackmail against a couple whose alleged crimes has never ever been proved in any court of the land. All the allegations against this couple have always been merely spurious and unproven, and knowing that they could never prove in any court use the might of state power to intimidate and misinform the public.

It is noteworthy to state that the government is yet to respond to the confessions by the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince that they sponsored the Zaria genocide and the subsequent continued detention of the Sheikh in Nigeria. This same fact was earlier alluded to by President Muhammadu Buhari during a state visit to Qatar. The world is watching all the persecution of the Islamic leader with keen interest. The government can never change the narrative.

We wish to thank the general public for their continued understanding and show of support in all these. No amount of feeding the public with concocted half-truths, lies and campaigns of calumny would swerve the course of justice for all the victims of Zaria genocide and its aftermath.

SIGNED BY
IBRAHIM MUSA
PRESIDENT MEDIA FORUM OF ISLAMIC MOVEMENT IN NIGERIA
SKYPE :Ibrahim.musa42
18/08/2019

Why We Brought El-Zakzaky Back – FG

Court To Rule On El-Zakzaky's Bail Application August 5
A file photo of Mr Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

 

The Federal Government has said that the acts of misconduct exhibited by Sheikh Ibraheem El-zakzaky necessitated his repatriation from the medical trip in India. 

In a statement by Grace Isu Gekpe, the Permanent Secretary, the government said El-Zakzaky’s actions in India demonstrated malicious intents that were capable of embarrassing the Governments of Nigeria and India.

The earlier statement of 14th August 2019 by the Government addressed the issues that would have raised some questions with the latest occurrences and particularly the uncelebrated return of El-zakzaky from India.

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“With total disrespect and complete loss of decorum for international procedures while in India, he initiated contacts with a team of lawyers led by Ali Zia Kabir Chaudary and Gunjan Singh in that country. He also contacted some Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), such as the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) and other Shiite groups. His aim was to seek asylum and eventually relocate to another country,” the statement read.

According to the Permanent Secretary, if an Indian court had granted El-zakzaky asylum or leave to travel to another country, it would have violated the Nigerian court order that granted him permission to travel for medical treatment.

“He used the opportunity of being in India to attempt to internationalise his cause by mobilising the Rights groups. Even most unfortunate and rather embarrassing as earlier stated, was his quest to be relocated to a 5-Star hotel to receive visitors instead of being admitted in the hospital as a sick person he claimed to be,” Ms Gekpe stressed.

The Permanent Secretary further stated that in spite of his ‘misconduct’, El-Zakzaky’s spouse went further to antagonize the Indian and Nigerian security agents and accused the latter of killing her children.

Ms Gekpe notes that these acts were aimed at winning international sympathy as well as disparaging the Nigerian Government.

“Having subordinated the quest for medical treatment to other ulterior motives, it became obvious that El-zakzaky was focused on realising some sinister motives thus the decision to return him to Nigeria,” the government spokeswoman said.

El-Zakzaky, Wife Expected In Nigeria Today

Court To Rule On El-Zakzaky's Bail Application August 5
A file photo of Mr Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

 

 

The embattled leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife,  Zeenat are expected back to  Nigeria from India where they had gone for medical treatment three days ago.

Their hasty return to the country, according to the spokesman of the IMN, Ibrahim Musa, followed their inability to resolve the impasse that ensued in their treatment with doctors at Medanta hospital, New Delhi, India.

Musa, in a short statement sent to Channels Television on Friday, said El-Zakzaky and his wife left  India at about 4:30am local time via Emirates Airline.

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According to him, the airline is likely to make a stopover in Dubai before proceeding to Nigeria where they are expected to arrive at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja at about mid-day.

The IMN spokesman claimed that the Nigerian Government’s interference and scuttling of the whole process rather than supervision, as ordered by the Kaduna State High Court, was the direct cause of the impasse between the Shiite leader and the Indian medical doctors.

El-Zakzaky and his wife had both left Nigeria for New Delhi on Monday, one week after the court granted them permission to travel to India for medical treatment.

Barely one day after their arrival at the hospital, the trip turned controversial as the IMN leader and the Shiite group accused the Nigerian government of denying him access to the doctor with whom they had an arrangement.

In its reacting, the government accused the Shiite leader of becoming unruly at the hospital in New Delhi and apologised to the Indian authorities.

It said the allegations were “foul cry”, adding that claims El-Zakzaky was held in circumstances worse than he was in Nigeria should be disregarded.

El-Zakzaky Is On His Way Back To Nigeria – IMN Spokesman

 

Leader of the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky is on his way back to Nigeria, the spokesperson of the group, Ibrahim Musa, has said.

According to him, the decision is due to a lack of a breakthrough in the impasse that ensued with regard to the treatment of the Shiite Leader in India.

Mr. Musa said, “Following lack of a breakthrough in the impasse that ensued in the treatment of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky in New Delhi, it is now confirmed that the Sheikh is on his way back to Abuja, Nigeria. He is scheduled to leave 17hrs Nigerian time.

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“In a video message sent by the Sheikh himself, he said that they were given two alternatives; either to commence the treatment on their own terms i.e the government terms or they will be sent back. And that it has been announced to them that they will be sent back and he is praying to Allah that may it be the best option for him and for everybody.

“It is clear to us that the Nigerian government interference and the scuttling of the whole process rather than supervision as ordered by the court are the direct cause of the impasse.

“The government as we know never wanted the medical leave in the first place and as we have seen it did whatever it can to stop it (medical leave) by all means possible and unfortunately it has stopped it.”


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Mr. Musa said that it was unfortunate that what the government did on this issue has already been declared in the court that proceedings cannot go on with a patient so the top priority of any accused person is to regain his health.

The IMN spokesman added that to regain failing health was the plan of the Sheikh, stressing that the IMN Leader’s efforts have been scuttled.

He said that members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria await the Sheikhs arrival and will start planning on the next move.

‘Controversy In India’

The Shiite leader and his wife, Zeenat, who has been in detention since 2015, had both left the country for India on August 12, seven days after the Kaduna State High Court granted them permission to travel to India for medical treatment.

On Wednesday, just one day after their arrival at the hospital, the trip turned controversial with El-Zakzaky and the IMN accusing the Nigerian government of denying him access to the doctor with whom they had an arrangement.

The Federal Government, in turn, accused the Shiite leader of becoming unruly at the hospital.

Although the IMN Spokesperson and a hospital representative had both said in separate statements later in the evening that the issues had been resolved and that treatment was expected to proceed, the situation has degenerated with the proscribed group accusing the government of interfering with the process.


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VIDEO: El-Zakzaky, Wife In Ambulance En Route To Indian Hospital

The leader of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and his wife Zeenat are spending their first night at the Mendata Hospital in New Delhi, India where they are currently undergoing medical treatment.

Channels Television received a video on Tuesday evening showing El-Zakzaky and his wife being conveyed to the hospital in an ambulance and being attended to by doctors.

This comes a day after the couple left Abuja and made a stopover in Dubai, before taking another flight to Delhi.

They are accompanied by officials of the Kaduna State government and personnel of the Department of State Services (DSS).

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The medical trip followed the order of the Kaduna State High Court which granted El-Zakzaky and his wife leave to undergo treatment abroad after they had been in custody since 2015.

The court also said the IMN leader must return immediately after treatment to face his charges.

El-Zakzaky is facing charges of homicide, unlawful assembly, disruption of public peace and other offences which he has pleaded not guilty to.

‘If Revolution Is A Crime, Then Why Were APC Leaders Not Charged?’ – The Week In Quotes

 

The news which made the rounds within week 32 in Nigeria, was mostly characterized by the fall-outs from the arrest of embattled Presidential Candidate of the AAC, Omoyele Sowore.

Sowore was arrested over his proposed ‘Revolution March’, a protest which has continued to stir debates.

Below are top quotes of the week, some of which stem from Sowore’s arrest, and others from various pressing issues from across the world, within the period in focus.

  1. “If revolution has become a criminal offence in Nigeria why were the leaders of the APC not charged for claiming to have carried out  Nigeria’s democratic revolution which terminated the 16-year rule of the PDP in 2015?”

Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana, defends Sowore’s protest march, saying protests are not treasonable offences.

2. “Planned ‘Revolution’ march, a treasonable felony”

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Adamu Mohammed in reacting to calls for the ‘Revolution March’ says the protest amounts to treasonable felony.

3. “Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas was not only tragic, but it was also an act of cowardice.”

US President Donald Trump condemns mass shooting at a Walmart store in Texas.

4. “Her writing was a beautiful, meaningful challenge to our conscience and our moral imagination. What a gift to breathe the same air as her, if only for a while.” 

Former US President Barack Obama pays tribute to Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison who died aged 88 following a short illness.

5. “The IMN leader and his wife are bona fide citizens of Nigeria, and therefore can’t abandon their fatherland to seek political asylum in a foreign land”.

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), says its leader Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat will not seek asylum in a foreign land.

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6. “Nothing that Sowore has done suggests a violent overthrow of government.”

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka says that nothing which the human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, has said or done suggests that he wants to take down the Nigerian government by violence.

7. “I think there should be a declaration of security emergency throughout the land. “

Professor Wole Soyinka ask President Muhammadu Buhari to declare security emergency across the nation.

8. “Does Sowore want Nigerians to make him President?”

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomhole says that the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore must be clear on what he wants.

9. “We want to directly ask President Muhammadu Buhari release the political prisoners; it is not done in any political dispensation.”

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to order the release of those it describes as political prisoners in the country.

10. “This government is allergic to plurality of voices, criticism”.

Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr Mike Ozekhome accuses President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration of not being tolerant to criticism.

El-Zakzaky, Wife Depart Nigeria For India

 

Sheikh Ibrahim El-zakzaky has left Abuja for India for medical treatment.

The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, left with his wife and other security personnel aboard an Emirate Airline number EK2614.

El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja earlier on Monday, following the order of a Kaduna State High court which granted them leave to undergo treatment at an Indian hospital of their choice.

This followed an application by El-Zakzaky’s counsel and human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), to allow them to travel for treatment as a result of their deteriorating health condition.

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Justice Darius Khobo, thereafter, granted the leave on August 5, adding that the IMN leader and his wife would be accompanied abroad by officials of the Kaduna State Government.

Their trial is expected to resume as soon as they return from the trip.

In this Photo, Sheikh El-Zakzaky is wheeled at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

 

El-Zakzaky Will Not Seek Asylum In A Foreign Land, Says IMN

Court To Rule On El-Zakzaky's Bail Application August 5
A file photo of Mr Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

 

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), has said that its leader Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat will not seek asylum in a foreign land.

While reacting to the conditions given by the Kaduna State Government, to the IMN leader before travelling for medical treatment in India, the shiites spokesman in a statement on Thursday said they (El-Zakzaky and wife) cannot abandon their fatherland.

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Sheikh Abdurrahman Abubakar, who is also Chairman of the Free El-Zakzaky said that”their leader won’t flee the country for whatever reason because the IMN leader and his wife are bona fide citizens of Nigeria, and therefore can’t abandon their fatherland to seek political asylum in a foreign land”.

Abubakar however disclosed that arrangements are already on ground to fly their embattled leader and the wife to India for medical treatment as pronounced by the Kaduna High Court.

According to him, relevant officials of the state are already in touch with the surviving son of El-Zakzaky for their travelling arrangements, adding that the fresh conditions given by the Kaduna State government were mere after thought.

 

El-Zakzaky: DSS Working With Stakeholders To Comply With Court Order – Spokesman

 

The Department of the State Services (DSS), Says the commission is in talks with relevant stakeholders to ensure compliance with the court order granted to the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife to travel abroad for medical treatment.

A statement by the spokesman of the commission, Dr. Peter Afunanya, “This is to inform the public that the Department of State Services (DSS) has received the order granting Ibrahim EL-ZAKZAKY leave to travel to India for medical treatment.

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“Consequently, the Service is liaising with relevant stakeholders to ensure compliance.

“Conformity with the order is in line with the Service’s avowed commitment to the Rule of Law inherent in a democracy”.

The Kaduna State High Court on Monday granted El-Zakzaky, and his wife Zeenat, leave to seek medical attention abroad.

Justice Darius Khobo in his ruling ordered that the IMN leader and his wife be accompanied abroad by officials of the Kaduna State government.

The presiding judge ruled that El-Zakzaky and his wife should proceed to India for medical treatment.

He, however, did not give any time frame as to how long they will stay in India.