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Lagos group demands El-Zakzaky's release

Lagos group demands El-Zakzaky's release

A non-govern­mental organisa­tion, Save Lagos Group, has called for the immediate release of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky from deten­tion.
It asked the leadership of the Nigeria Police to pay El-Zakzaky huge sums of money as com­pensation for his con­tinued detention, which the group declared as an infringement of the Islamic cleric’s funda­mental human rights.
In a statement it is­sued on Wednesday, the group threatened to sue the police, the Federal and Kaduna State gov­ernments if its demand was not met within sev­en days.
The group’s Convener, Mr Adeniyi A. Sulai­man and the Director of Media and Strategy, Mr Olaolu Oladipo, who jointly signed the statement, urged the implementation of the recommendations of the Commission of En­quiry which indicted the Nigerian Army over the December 12 and 14, 2015 clash between members of the sect and soldiers.
Citing Section 35, sub-sections 4 and 5 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), Sulaiman said it was crystal clear that the Police have act­ed outside of the law by the continued detention of El-Zakzaky and his followers.
“We (members of the Save Lagos Group) are calling on the Inspec­tor-General of the Nige­ria Police, Ibrahim Idris to release El-Zakzaky and some members of the sect who are cur­rently languishing in police cells across the country with immedi­ate effect. Our position is premised on the fact that his fundamental human rights have been infringed upon by his continued incarcera­tion.

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