Why We Will Not Release El Zakzaky — Presidency

Shiites protest
Shiites protest

Following the bloody clash between the Police and Shiites on Monday in Abuja, there have been several lashes at the federal government for the continued incarceration of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzakky.

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Reacting to the backlash from members of the public, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has explained why the Federal government disobeyed court order.

In an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, Adesina said that federal government appealed against the decision of Justice Gabriel Kolawole to release of El-Zakzaky, hence his failure to release him.

His words, “I know that the immediate past AGF in whose purview it was to make pronouncements on that, address the issue. If bail is granted and another case subsists and there is an immediate filing of appeal, you have to wait till it is dispensed with.

“So, that is a legal matter which is outside my purview but as a layman, an unlearned man as lawyers would call us, we know that until all cases are dispensed with, you don’t say that it has been concluded.”

In the Monday clash between authority and Shi’ites, more than 6 persons reportedly died, including a Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, in Abuja, and a young Channels TV reporter.