The Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, popularly known as Shi’ite, Sheikh Ibrahim El-zakzaky has arrived Abuja with the wife.
El-Zakzaky was moved from Kaduna prison with his wife Zeenat, where the duo had been in prison custody.
The release is to allow them to go to India for medical treatment.
According to News reports available to us, their passports and other travelling documents are available and ready.
This online media platform gathered that apart from security personnel who are to accompany the Sheikh, family members would also be on the trip.
The most recent development is believed to own followed federal government’s intervention to douse tension within the Shi’a leader’s health.
It could be recalled that Kaduna State Government had released conditions that must definitely be met before El-Zakzaky could be permitted to leave Nigeria.
Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, in a record, said although state government will appeal the ruling of the Kaduna High Court ruling allowing El-Zakzaky to visit; it won’t seek a stay of execution since it believes that individuals must have use of treatment.
In reaction, legal luminary, Femi Falana criticised Kaduna government’s stringent conditions.
The lawyer to the IMN leader, in a statement, said: “I believed that the Kaduna State government had planned to appeal from the order of the Honourable Darius Khobo granting leave to the El-Zakzakys to visit to India for urgent medical treatment beneath the supervision of the government.
“I really hope that the program to pursue an appeal in case has been shelved whilst the Court of Appeal has ruled that you can’t stay the execution of orders of the nature.
That remains the career of what the law states as espoused in case of Mowarin v Nigerian Army, that was decided under a military dictatorship in the country.
“The so-called agreement is wholly alien to the penal code and the administration of criminal justice law of Kaduna State. Hence, the agreement isn’t brought under any substantive or adjectival law.
“My colleagues in the Ministry of Justice aren’t unacquainted with the career of what the law states an agreement cannot vary or modify the order of a qualified court.
It’s unfortunate that some highly placed public officers are very hell bent on abrogating the fundamental rights that have been fought for and won by Nigerians, even beneath the British colonial regime.
“As an example, the Prison Ordinance was amended in 1917 to permit the family unit members or friends of prison inmates to take them of from prison and remove them for medical treatment, if the prison facilities couldn’t cater for just about any terminal illness. That provision has been incorporated in Regulation 12 made pursuant to the Prisons Act.
“In this instant case, the court didn’t release the El-Zakzakys for their family unit members but that they must be treated in a foreign hospital beneath the supervision of the government.
“Considering that the Department of Service Services (DSS), that has the custody of the El-Zakzakys, has announced with respect to the Federal Government that the court order could be obeyed, the so-called terms of “agreements” of the Kaduna State government should really be ignored because it’s the height of provocative contempt.”