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The legal Implication of El-Zakzaky’s continued detention

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It is no longer news that the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat, have been in the custody of the Department of State Services since 2015, after a raid was carried out on their home by the Nigerian Army. In the raid, El-Zakzaky was reportedly injured while hundreds of his followers were killed.

Meanwhile, a Federal High Court in Abuja ordered, in December 2016, that El-Zakzaky and his wife ‘must’ be released from detention into an accommodation that must be provided for them within 45 days. Almost two years after that pronouncement by the court, the couple still languishing in custody.

Despite several calls by both local and international human rights organisations, the government has refused to give the Islamic cleric and his wife their freedom.

In this segment of #TVCBreakfast, Human Rights Lawyer, Effiong Inibehe takes a look at the legal implication of El-Zakzaky’s continued detention

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