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.