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Zaria Massacre: NA, COAS, DG SSS, IGP, AGF sued

By Abdulmumin Giwa
A case has been filed against the Nigerian Army, Chief of Army Staff, Director-General SSS, Inspector General of Police and the Attorney General of the Federation before a Federal High Court in Abuja seeking the enforcement of the fundamental human rights of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky.

This was made known by Barrister Festus Okoye who headed the IMN legal team in a Press Briefing in Kaduna on Wednesday.
The suit is seeking an immediate and unconditional release of Sheikh Zakzaky, restraining the respondents from further arresting, detaining or harassing the Sheikh without lawful justification.
It further asked the honorable court to compel the respondents to jointly pay damages of two billion naira (N2bn) for illegal violation of his fundamental human rights.
Although a date for hearing in the case is yet to be fixed, the case was filed in Abuja on the 12th of April 2016 demanding the enforcement of Sheikh Zakzaky’s fundamental rights to life, personal liberty, freedom of movement, dignity of the human person and right to private and family life.
This followed an earlier meeting between the legal representatives of the IMN led by Femi Falana SAN with the leader of the movement last week who the lawyers describe as being in a very critical condition of health in detention.
The lawyers stated that the leader of the movement now walks with a limp, has a completely damaged left eye and with a left hand that has lost its motor function due to the brutal attack on him at his Gyallesu residence in Zaria by the Nigerian Army last December.
Okoye described the continued detention of the leader of IMN as a gross violation and disregard to Nigerian constitution.
The suit contains eleven declarations that include the extra-judicial killing of his three biological sons Hammad, Humaid and Aliy during the attack, his illegal detention and refusal of access to proper medication in a very fatal situation.
A similar suit has also been filed in the name of his wife Malama Zeenat Ibraheem who the lawyers said was also shot three times in the stomach and two times in the thigh.
Barrister Maxwell Kyon, who was part of the team that received briefs from the leader of the Movement during their visit to him in Abuja said that the wife of the leader had bullets removed from her body forcefully without Anastasia with soldiers holding her.
Meanwhile, there are other cases pending for suit that include the enforcement of the rights over 200 members of the movement detained in Kaduna Prison amongst who are those with gunshots denied treatment.

Others include widows and orphans produced as a result of the killings and those shot by the Army during the attack.