An Abuja Federal High Court has
directed Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, Attorney General of
the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), and the
Director of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, to release
leader of the Shi’ite movement, Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife, Malama Zeenat or
risk going to jail.
El-Zakzaky has been in detention
since December 2015, after members of his Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN),
also known as Shi’ite, clashed with officers of the Nigerian Army in Zaria,
A year after, in December 2016, the
court ordered the DSS to free El-Zakzaky and his wife but the Shi’ite leader
has remained in security custody.
The court also ordered compensation
be paid to him, which was to be paid within 40 days from the day the judgment
However, in a notice of consequence
of disobedience to court order, the Federal High court warned the listed
officials to release El-Zakzaky or face contempt of court charges, liable to a
The notice sent to the trio, reads
in part: “Take notice that unless you obey the direction contained in the order
of the Federal High Court of Justice Abuja, delivered on the 2nd December,
2016, which ordered you to release the Applicants in Suit No.
FHC/ABJ/CS/281/2016 and its sister case Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/282/2016 within
forty (40) days, inter alia you will be guilty of contempt of court and will be
liable to be committed to prison.”