El-Zakzaky sues Army, other security agencies for N2b



Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, otherwise known as Shiites, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, has sued the Nigerian Army and other security agencies of the Federal Government for the sum of N2 billion for alleged breach of his fundamental human rights.

El-Zakzaky also directed his lawyers to challenge the composition of the judicial commission of inquiry set up by Kaduna State Government.

Others joined in the suit filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja included the Chief of Army Staff, DSS, Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Attorney General of the Federation.

Lawyers representing the Movement, led by Mr. Festus Okoye, at a press conference in Kaduna yesterday, said they have been able to get access to El-Zakzaky, who is currently under the custody of the Directorate of State Security (DSS), Abuja, adding that as a result of the gruesome treatment meted on him, there is need to enforce his fundamental rights against the agents of federal authorities.

Okoye, who spoke on the state of health of the Shiites leader and his wife, Zeenat in custody said: “El-Zakzaky now walks with crutches. The left eye of the leader is completely damaged. His left hand has lost its functions.

“During our meeting with him, we informed him of the judicial commission of inquiry set up by Kaduna State government to look into the remote and immediate causes of the clash between soldiers and members of the group in Zaria, December, last year over allegations of attempts to murder the Chief of Army Staff.”

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