Respect Court Order, Release El-Zakzaky & Wife, Amnesty International Advises Nigeria Govt
The relevant authorities in Nigeria must quickly follow the order given by the High Court and allow Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, and his wife go free from detention, Amnesty International stated.
The IMN leader and his wife have been kept in detention without any charge for more than one year after a clash between his supporters and the Nigerian military, in which soldiers killed so many members of the organization, consisting of men, women and children.
There are claims by authorities concerned that El-Zakzaky is being held in “protective custody”.
“Today, the 45 days deadline that was given for their release expires. If the government knowingly refuses to obey the order from the court, it will clearly shows that they have an hidden agenda and disrespect for the rule of law,” said Makmid Kamara, Interim Director of Amnesty International Nigeria.
“El-Zakzaky is being detained unlawfully. This might just be another plan to hide the crimes that were committed by the members of the security forces in Zaria in December 2015 where hundreds of people lost their lives.”
Sometime in December 2016, the Human Rights Watch also called for the release of El-Zakzaky and urges authorities to end their violent repression of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN).
The Federal High Court located in Abuja, on the 2nd December, 2016, ruled that Mr. El-Zakzaky and Zeenah Ibraheem should be allowed to go free within a time frame of 45 days. It was described by the court that their detention is illegal and unconstitutional and the deadline for the court order expires on Monday, January 16.
Authorities have also been called upon by Amnesty International to release other IMN supporters arrested at the same time as Mr. El-Zakzaky and his wife, who likewise remain in detention without charge.
According to the research carried out by Amnesty International, not less than 350 IMN members were murdered by security forces between 12th and 14th December 2015 in Zaria, Kaduna State.