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Sunday, 4 June 2017

Letter to Osinbajo, calls for release of El-Zakzaky, Dasuki - By Falana

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has written to the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo calling for the immediate release of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, otherwise known as Shiites, Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and the cleric’s wife, Zeinab, from illegal custody.
In addition to the demand for the release of the couple, Falana also urged Osinbajo to “direct the Nigerian Army to investigate and prosecute the military personnel responsible for the brutal and callous massacre of the 347 members of the Shia Community at Zaria in December 2015.”
He also demanded in his letter dated June 2, 2017 and addressed to Osinbajo, the release of a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd) from illegal detention.
Falana in the letter told Osinbajo that apart from the DSS flouting the court order, El-Zakzaky had lost his right eye and could lose the second owing to lack of medical care in detention.
He added that in order to keep the couple incommunicado in custody, the authorities of the DSS had barred the detainees’ lawyers from seeing them.

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