Killings: The Presidency Feels Very Very Sad – Adesina

 

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said that the Presidency is saddened by the spate of killings in the country.

He said this on Tuesday while reacting to the Shiite/police clash in the nation’s capital, Abuja, which resulted in the killing of a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Usman Umar, a corp member who was serving with Channels TV and some Shiite members.

When asked “how does the presidency feel?” during an interview on the station’s breakfast show Sunrise Daily, he said: “very very sad”, noting that that primary responsibility of government should be to secure lives of citizens.

“This is our country, we are all citizens, lives should not be taken just anyhow. The primary responsibility of government is to protect lives and property. The Constitution vests the protection of lives and property in the government so when it fails, as we have seen it fail in recent times and particularly yesterday, government will feel it, because it’s not good for anybody”.


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Mr Adesina, however, assured Nigerians that regardless of the current security situation, a lot is being done to secure Nigerians and all hands should be on deck.

“A lot is being done but when some people make it seem as if nothing is being done, they are exacerbating the matter.

“Government is doing a lot and these times call for concerted efforts from all Nigerian to beat this insecurity,” he said.

 

Desist From Needless Violent Protests, FG Warns Shiites

 

The Federal Government has told the El-Zakzaky-led Shiite members to desist from violent street protests and await the decision of the court in Kaduna where their leader is currently being tried.

Shiite members have been on a series of protests demanding the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who has been in custody since fighting between his supporters and the army broke out in December 2015.

The Shi’ia leader is facing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of the public peace, among others.

In a statement on Friday, Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on media and publicity said that the FG no longer has hands in the matter and should be cleared of any alleged violations of court orders.

“The Presidency appeals to El-Zakzaky-led Shiite members to desist from needless violent street protests and await the decision of the court in Kaduna where their leader is currently being tried.

“As far as this country’s Ministry of Justice is concerned, the case involving El-Zakzaky is no longer in its domain. The Federal Government no more has hands in the matter and to that extent, the government at the centre can be said to be clear of any alleged violations of court orders as being trumpeted every day.

“The issue of El-ZakZaky is before the court in Kaduna and his supporters should focus on his on-going trial instead of causing daily damages, disruptions and public nuisance in Abuja.”

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The statement added that all the rallies and threats are an insult to the President and other leaders.

“These rallies and street dances ostensibly to openly insult the President and other leaders, threatening bloodshed will lead nowhere because President Buhari will not ask the country’s judiciary to abandon due process and set a suspect free.

“At the same time, the administration is determined to enforce the decision of the court clearly issued. The Buhari administration has absolutely no hand in the on-going court case and the courts are free to determine the bail request and the final outcome.

“The mentality that you are above the law and that your own rights are superior to other people’s rights is unacceptable.”

The Presidency asked that members loyal to Ibrahim El-Zakzaky should embrace dialogue and avoid all forms of violence.

“Law-abiding citizens must avoid deliberate lawlessness. It is not within the rights of any group to enter protected public institutions such as the National Assembly by force to attack police and destroy public and private property.

“It is always advisable to embrace dialogue and eschew violence in all our actions so that we can continue to live together in peace.”

Another 65 Shiite Protesters Arrested In Abuja

 

The Police have arrested another 65 members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) following a fresh protest in Abuja.

The members loyal to Ibrahim El-Zakzaky returned to the street of Abuja to protest the continued detention of their leader and injuring some police officers at the National Assembly on Tuesday.

40 members were arrested and 38 were arraigned at three different magistrate courts.

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According to the Police Commissioner for the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Ciroma, who spoke with Channels TV, those arrested will be screened before they will be charged to court.

The fresh protest by IMN members around the Federal Secretariat was dispersed by police who arrested some of them.

He added that they will be arraigned in court for criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, disturbance of public peace, rioting, possession of deadly weapon among other offences.

Shiite Attack: IGP Visits Injured Officers At National Hospital

IGP Mohammed Adamu during his visit to victims of Shiite attack on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu on Wednesday visited injured police officers at the National Hospital in Abuja.

The officers were injured during the invasion of the National Assembly by members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) loyal to Ibrahim El-Zakzaky on Tuesday.

During the visit, the IGP said 40 Shiites involved in the invasion have been arrested and the five police officers receiving treatment at the trauma center of the National Hospital are getting better.

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He added that all their medical bills will be paid for by the police force, adding that investigations are still ongoing into the incident and perpetrators of violence will be brought to book.

Shiite protesters had earlier stormed the parliament building demanding the release of their leader, El-Zakzaky.

They were denied entrance at the second gate, after gaining access through the front gate by the three arms zone.

Vehicles were destroyed and burnt, while nine officers sustained injuries to the head and leg when the protesters attacked them.

See photos of the IGP’s visit to the hospital below…

Nine Police Officers Injured In Clash With Shiite Members At National Assembly

 

Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) loyal to Ibrahim El-Zakzaky have injured at nine police officers during a protest at the National Assembly complex.

The protesters stormed the parliament building on Tuesday, demanding the release of their leader, El-Zakzaky.

They were denied entrance at the second gate, after gaining access through the front gate by the three arms zone.

Vehicles were destroyed and burnt, while nine officers sustained injuries to the head and leg when the protesters attacked them.

According to a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, FCT Command, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, two officers who were shot on the leg and seven personnel who sustained injuries during the clash, have been rushed to the hospital.

DSP Manzah added that 40 members of the sect have been arrested in connection with the violent protest, and investigation is in progress.

“Members of the sect during the violent protest shot two (2) police personnel on the leg, while clubs and stones were used to inflict injuries on seven (7) other policemen. The injured policemen have been taken to the hospital for prompt medical attention.

“Meanwhile, forty (40) members of the sect have been arrested in connection with the violent protest. Investigation is in progress. Those arrested in the process will be dealt with in accordance with the appropriate law of the land.”

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Meanwhile, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has visited the injured offices, but chose not to comment until he is fully briefed about the incident.

El-Zakzaky has been in custody since fighting between his supporters and the army broke out in December 2015.

Zakzaky’s supporters have repeatedly protested in Abuja and several northern cities against the continued detention of their leader.

PHOTOS: Shiite Members Storm National Assembly, Clash With Police

 

Protesting Shiite members have stormed the National Assembly, clashing with police officers in the process.

Things turned violent when the protesters, who are demanding the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, tried to gain entry into the complex.

After gaining entry into the first gate of the Assembly, the protesters damaged some vehicles including a police van with a policeman injured in the process.

Details later…

Court Adjourns El-Zakzaky’s Trial Indefinitely

El-Zakzaky's Trial Resumes Monday In Kaduna
A file photo of Mr Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

 

The Kaduna State High Court has adjourned sine dine the trial of the embattled leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat.

The adjournment followed the appointment of the trial judge, Justice Gideon Kudafa, as a member of the Election Petition Tribunal in Yobe State.

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

The prosecuting counsel, Daris Bayero, on his part explained that their absence was due to the posting of the presiding judge for Election Petition Tribunal assignment outside the state.

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

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He had been denied bail by the presiding judge, Justice Gideon Kurada, 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.

He argued that El Zakzaky had in January 2018 suffered stroke in detention and since the reported attack by the soldiers three years ago, he has not been allowed to optimally access good healthcare.

While adjourning the case, Justice Kurada said the court cannot accede to the request of the defendant to travel abroad for medical treatment.

He, 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.

The judge had also ordered that the Shiites leader and his wife be remanded in the custody of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) throughout the period of their trial.

El-Zakzaky’s Trial Resumes Monday In Kaduna

El-Zakzaky's Trial Resumes Monday In Kaduna
A file photo of Mr Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

 

The trial of the embattled leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat, resumes on Monday at the Kaduna State High court.

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

He had been denied bail by the presiding judge, Justice Gideon Kurada, 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.

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Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, informed the court that this was to enable them 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.

He argued that El Zakzaky had in January 2018 suffered stroke in detention and since the reported attack by the soldiers three years ago, he has not been allowed to optimally access good healthcare.

While adjourning the case, Justice Kurada said the court cannot accede to the request of the defendant to travel abroad for medical treatment.

He, 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.

The judge had also ordered that the Shiites leader and his wife be remanded in the custody of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) throughout the period of their trial.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up around the court premises along the Independence Way in Kaduna State capital and other roads leading to the court complex ahead of Monday’s the trial.

El-Zakzaky Suffering From Glaucoma, In Need Of Urgent Medical Attention – Falana

 

The lead counsel in the case of Ibrahim El-zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Femi Falana, says his client has lost sight in one of his eyes and is on the verge of losing the other as he currently suffers from Glaucoma.

Falana said this on Tuesday while addressing journalists after the trial which took place briefly at a Kaduna State High Court.

“In the case of Mallam, he has lost an eye in detention because he was shot at. He is in the process of losing the second eye because it has developed glaucoma,” he said.

He further stated that the wife of the IMN leader also suffers excruciating pain after being shot at. According to him, some bullets were yet to be extracted from her body.

“In the case of the wife, the bullets on her, have not been totally extracted after two years and she suffers excruciating pain currently and therefore, there is no way both of them can stand trial,” Falana said.

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He, therefore, stressed that they were both in need of proper medical attention, to be able to stand trial.

“We applied for urgent medical attention for both of them, on the grounds that since both of them were shot by the army on December 14, 2015, they have not been given adequate medical attention.

“We, therefore, prayed the court to allow them to stay alive so that they can stand the trial since they are ready for the trial.

“We applied to the court to direct the government to give them urgent medical attention or in the alternative, to have them flown abroad for medical treatment because apparently, the government does not have the medical facilities to take care of them, having not done so for over two years”.

According to Falana, following the deliberations, the government lawyer conceded and “undertook that adequate medical attention will be provided”.

Consequently, the trial was adjourned to March 25, 2019, to enable El-Zakzaky and his wife get proper medical attention.

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

Court Adjourns El-Zakzaky’s Trial Till March 25

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

 

A Kaduna State High court has adjourned the trial of the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat.

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

He had earlier been denied bail by the presiding Judge, Justice Gideon Kurada during the last sitting on November 7, 2018.

In the application for bail he filed on June 6, 2018, El Zakzaky’s lawyer, Maxwell Kyon, told the court that his client’s health had badly deteriorated as a result of injuries he sustained in 2015 and his long stay in the custody of the DSS, hence the need for him and his wife to have access to urgent medical attention.

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The prosecuting counsel, however, opposed the bail application, contending that the reasons advanced by El Zakzkay’s lawyer were not enough to grant him bail.

In his ruling at the time, Justice Kurada said El Zakzkay’s lawyer had failed to support his request for bail with enough medical evidence that would allow the court to exercise its discretion in his favour.

Consequently, he ordered that both of them be remanded in the custody of the Department of State Security Services (DSS) throughout the period of their trial.

The case was then adjourned to January 22, 2019, for accelerated trial.

At the resumed hearing, the prosecuting counsel, Bayero Debris, said the presiding judge again, adjourned the trial to March 25, 2019, to enable El-Zakzaky and his wife get proper medical attention.

Trial of IMN Leader, El-Zakzaky Resumes Today

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File Photo; Ibrahim El-Zakzaky addresses reporters in Abuja in January 2018.

 

A Kaduna State High court will today commence the trial of the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat.

The IMN leader who is currently facing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of public peace, among other charges, was denied bail by the presiding Judge, Justice Gideon Kurada during the last sitting on November 7, 2018.

In the application for bail he filed on June 6, 2018, El Zakzaky’s lawyer, Maxwell Kyon, told the court that his client’s health had badly deteriorated as a result of injuries he sustained in 2015 and his long stay in the custody of the DSS, hence the need for him and his wife to have access to urgent medical attention.

The prosecuting counsel Dari Bayero, however, opposed the bail application, contending that the reasons advanced by El Zakzkay’s lawyer were not enough to grant him bail.

In his ruling at the time, Justice Kurada said El Zakzkay’s lawyer had failed to support his request for bail with enough medical evidence that would allow the court to exercise its discretion in his favour.

Consequently, he ordered that both of them be remanded in the custody of the Department of State Security Services (DSS) throughout the period of their trial.

The case was then adjourned to January 22, 2019, for accelerated trial.

Ahead of today’s trial, El Zakzaky’s lead counsel, Femi Falana, has arrived the court.

Also, security has been beefed up at the court, while all major roads leading to the complex have been barricaded by the police.

Other security operatives have also been deployed to strategic locations and flashpoints to maintain law and order during the court sitting.

Shiites Protest, Condemn El-Zakzaky’s Continued Detention

Shiites Condemn El-Zakzaky’s Detention In Protest
Shiites members during a protest in Abuja on October 30, 2018.

 

Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) have again demanded the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

The Shiites staged a peaceful protest on Friday in Abuja against the continued detention of their leader by the Federal Government in spite of a court judgement ordering his release.

Speaking in an interview shortly after the march, spokesperson for the group, Abdullahi Musa, condemned the failure of the government to release their leader.

He decried the continued detention of El-Zakzaky and his wife since December 2015 over allegations of ordering members of the Shiite group to obstruct the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, in Kaduna State.

Musa said the group would not stop to hold peaceful protests in the nation’s capital until the government rereleases their leader.