FG Cannot Prosecute Zakzaky, Only Kaduna State Govt. can – Presidency

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FG Cannot Prosecute Zakzaky, Only Kaduna State Govt. can – Presidency

Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Prosecution, has made it very clear that the FG cannot prosecute Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, stating that only the Government of Kaduna State can.

Obono-Obla stated this while speaking during an event on the training for institutions in the Justice sector, that the Federal government does not have the responsibility to prosecute the Shi’ite leader.

It was stated by the presidential aide that since El-Zakzaky went against the laws of Kaduna State, the state is responsible to prosecute him.

It was not a Federal but a local crime. The offence committed by El-Zakzaky is not a federal offence. . If he blocked the roads, if he confronted the soldiers, if they assaulted the soldiers, these are local offences that the Kaduna State government can try.

It was in Kaduna State the offence was committed, and also against the laws of the Kaduna State government, so ask Governor Nasir El-Rufai why he has not charged El-Zakzaky to court.

You are in control of a group that does not respect the constitution, a group that also harass fellow Nigerians whenever they go out on their procession; they carry dangerous weapons and try to intimidate everybody; they block the roads and don’t obey laws. Do we allow such group to trample on the rights of everybody?”

Ibrahim El-Zakzaky has been detained since December 2015, after members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, also known as Shi’ite clashed with the Army in Zaria, Kaduna State.

The court gave order that the Department of State Services, DSS should allow El-Zakzaky and his wife to go free but the Shi’ite leader has continued to languish in custody.

It has been ordered by the court that a compensation should be paid within 40 days from the day the judgment was delivered.

FG Cannot Prosecute Zakzaky, Only Kaduna State Govt. can – Presidency

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