The Department of State Security has said that the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky is being detained at his own will.
Speaking to journalists at the court on Tuesday June 14, Tijjani Gazali, counsel to the DSS repeatedly said the Shiite leader is held by security operatives at his own will and for his benefits.
He needs not give his consent but the point is he remains vulnerable and is under protective custody and the job of the DSS is to protect every Nigerian,” Gazali said.
But in his defence, El-Zakzaky’s counsel, Festus Okoye said he is yet to get such order from his client.
He also accused the DSS of breaching the fundamental human rights of his client.
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The hearing on the matter which was hold was stalled following fresh issues raised in a counter affidavit by the federal government.
The FG had asked the court to allow it an extension of time in order to file a counter affidavit and written address on the motion on notice filed by the applicants – El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zainab.
The applicant also requested for an adjournment to allow them respond to the new dimension in the proposed counter affidavit.
However, having no objection from the applicant on the extension of time, the judge over the case, Gabriel Kolawole ordered the applicants to respond to the counter affidavit within five days.
He also adjourned the matter to July 13, for hearing of the applicants’ suit.
El-Zakzaky has remained under custody since the December 12, clash between his group (IMN) and convoy of the chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai.
While his arrest has raised national outcry, the Nigerian police had at some point said that the Shiite leader was in safe hands and responding to treatment of wounds he sustained during the December clash.
Also, the IMN leader and his wife filed a suit against the attorney general of the federation, Nigerian police, the DSS and the army instigating an infringement on hi human right