El-Zakzaky sues FG, Army, demands N3bn compensation


Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) ,Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, has approached the Federal High Court, Abuja to seek for his unconditional release from detention.

According to his counsel ,Mr Festus Okoye, joined in the suit instituted against the Federal Government was the Nigerian Army, Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, Director-General, DSS, Inspector-General of Police , and the Attorney General of the Federation. part of the suit reads…

“Our Client is also seeking an order of the court to compel the respondents jointly and severally to pay to him the sum of N3 billion as general damages for the illegal violation of his fundamental rights to life, dignity of his person, fair hearing, privacy and private property.

“The applicant is seeking a declaration that the violent invasion of his private residence at No 1 Wali road, Gyallessu, Zaria in Kaduna State on December 14, 2015 is a flagrant violation of his fundamental rights to privacy and private property as guaranteed? by the Constitution.
“A declaration that shooting of the applicant by armed soldiers who are members of the 1st respondent on Sunday, December 14, 2015 at his residence is illegal and unconstitutional.

“A declaration that the cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment meted to the applicant by armed soldiers who are members of the 1st respondent is a flagrant violation of his fundamental right to dignity of human person as guaranteed by the Constitution.”
He also wants the court to declare the alleged killing of his three children namely: Hameed Ibrahim (18), Ali Haidar Ibraheem (16), and Humaid Ibraheem (14) as illegal and unconstitutional.
Okoye further said that his client had asked the court to declare that his arrest and continued detention as a violation of the Constitution

Femi Falana (SAN), Festus Okoye and Maxwell Kyon would serve as El-Zakzaky’s legal team in the suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/247/16/.

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