Detained Shiite leader Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky has asked a Federal High Court, Abuja to compel Nigerian government to pay it N3bn compensation. The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also demands his unconditional release from detention. In the suit filed against the government and its army, Zakzaky’s lawyer, Festus Okoye, wants the court to enforce his right to life, personal liberty, freedom of movement, dignity of the human person and right to private and family life. Also, joined in the suit are the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, Director-General, DSS, Inspector-General of Police , and the Attorney General of the Federation. Okoye said Femi Falana (SAN) and Maxwell Kyon are other members of Zakzaky’s legal team”.
Okoye said Zakzaky “is seeking a declaration that the violent invasion of his private residence at No 1 Wali road, Gyallessu, Zaria in Kaduna State on December 14, 2015 is a flagrant violation of his fundamental rights to privacy and private property as guaranteed by the Constitution”. He also wants the court to declare that his being shot by armed soldiers on Sunday, December 14, 2015 at his residence was illegal and unconstitutional. The lawyer added that the alleged killing of his three children namely: Hameed Ibrahim (18), Ali Haidar Ibraheem (16), and Humaid Ibraheem (14) was illegal and unconstitutional, too.
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