The Free Zakzaky Campaign Committee, a group under the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has written the Nigeria Senate, urging it to prevail on President Muhammadu Bubari’s administration to release their leader, Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.
A Federal High Court presided over by Justice Gabriel Kolawole had ordered the release of the Islamic leader within 45 days into an accommodation provided by the government since El-Zakzaky’s house had been demolished.
The court had also held that the accommodation to be provided him and his family must be decent and big enough to accommodate his family and all his dependants who were living with him before the demolition of his house.
The court had further ordered that the Islamic leader and his wife should be paid N50million damages.
But individuals and groups had risen to condemn the verdict while some of them carried placards to the Federal high court headquarters in Abuja against Justice Kolawole.
Ahead the expiration of the 45 days grace period given the Federal Government, the Islamic group had begun mounting pressure to ensure the order of the court is complied with.
In a letter addressed to the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, and signed by Sheikh Abdulhameed Bello, the group also called on the Nigerian Senate and the House of Representatives to release their committees’ reports on the last year’s December killings in Zaria.
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria said contrary to the ‘blackmail’ by some people that it did not recognise the Nigerian government, it said it had attended several meetings convened by the National Assembly which is one of the arms of government.
“We believe that if distinguished senators and honourable members of the National Assembly don’t come out openly to demand for the release of our leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, who has been in illegal detention for almost a year now, it will amount to tacit complicity.
“The Senate must raise its voice to also demand that the perpetrators of Zaria massacre be brought to justice, irrespective of their status or rank,” the letter stated.