Prominent lawyer, Femi Falana has written a letter to the acting president of Nigeria, Mr. Yemi Osinbajo calling for the release of detained IMN leader, Ibrahim Elzakzaky, his wife, Zainab and Former National security adviser(NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki.
Falana also urged Osinbajo to “direct the Nigerian Army to investigate and prosecute the military personnel responsible for the brutal and callous massacre of the 347 members of the Shia Community at Zaria in December 2015.”
In the letter dated June 2, 2017, Falana told Osinbajo that apart from the DSS flouting the court order, El-Zakzaky had lost his right eye and could lose the second owing to lack of medical care in detention.He added that in order to keep the couple incommunicado in custody, the DSS had barred lawyers from seeing them.
The human rights lawyer also asked Mr Osinbajo to sanction ‘overzealous’ public officers.
The letter read;
“Since we have a responsibility ‘to resist all who might seek to sow confusion and hatred for their own selfish interests’ we urge Your Excellency to sanction the overzealous public officers who have publicly denigrated the rule of law by saying that the valid and subsisting orders of competent courts for the release of Sheik El-Zakzaky and his wife would not be obeyed by the federal government.”
“Notwithstanding the commitment of the federal government to operate under the rule of law the same individuals have continued to give the dangerous impression that the federal government would not comply with the orders of the federal high court, the high court of the federal capital territory and the community court of justice to the effect that Col Sambo Dasuki (retd) be admitted to bail.
“In view of the resolve of the Muhammadu Buhari administration to end impunity in the country we urge Your Excellency to use your good offices to direct the State Security Service to release Sheik Elzakzaky and his wife from further incarceration in compliance with the orders of the federal high court. At the same time, Col Dasuki (retd) should be admitted to bail as ordered by the municipal and regional courts.”