No talks with FG on Zakzaky’s re­lease – Falana

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By John Chuks Azu

The counsel to the leader of the Is­lamic Move­ment of Nige­ria (IMN), Femi Falana (SAN), yes­ter­day said there was no ne­go­ti­a­tion with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment for the re­lease of the de­tained leader, Sheikh Ibra­heem Zakzaky.

Falana told Jus­tice Gabriel Ko­la­wole of the Fed­eral High Court in Abuja, who asked whether there were moves for an out-of-court-set­tle­ment, that his client had noth­ing to ne­go­ti­ate since he and his wife had not been charged with any of­fence.

“They com­mit­ted no of­fence, no­body has charged them to any court. They have lost their houses, three of their chil­dren and 347 mem­bers of the Is­lamic Move­ment of Nige­ria. We are not aware of any set­tle­ment,” he said.

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment, which was not rep­re­sented in court, had in a counter af­fi­davit by its counsel, Ti­j­jani Gaza­lli, claimed that Zakzaky was be­ing held in pro­tec­tive cus­tody be­cause he could be at­tacked by ag­grieved res­i­dents of Gyallesu com­mu­nity, Zaria, Kaduna State, the spir­i­tual head­quar­ters of the sect.

But Falana and Fes­tus Okoye, who filed the fun­da­men­tal rights en­force­ment ap­pli­ca­tion, con­tended that he was be­ing held against his wish.

Due to the ab­sence of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s counsel, Jus­tice Ko­la­wole ad­journed the suit to Septem­ber 20.

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