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FG Dragged To Court For Contempt In Refusing To Release Sheikh Zakzaky, Wife

A contempt of Court proceedings has been opened against the Director General of State Security Service, the Nigerian Police Force and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) for failing to obey the judgement of Justice Kolawole of the Federal High Court Abuja with regards to the continued detention of Sheikh Zakzaky.

In the Notice in Form 49 filed by Counsel to Sheikh Zakzaky, Femi Falana SAN on 22nd January, 2018, referenced Appeal number: CA/A/64/2017, Suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/247/2016 between Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, the applicant and State Security Service, the Contemnor/Respondent, The Nigerian Police Force and the Attorney General of the Federation, respondent said that; pursuant to Order IX, Rule (13) of the Judgement and (Enforcement) Rules Section 308 Section 72 of the Sheriff and Civil Process Act, 2004, a notice to show cause why order of the contemnor/ respondents committal to prison should not be made.

It said that the applicant will on the date to be fixed order for the contemnor/respondents to be committed to Prison for having neglected to obey the order made on the 2nd day of December, 2016 requiring them to release the Applicant and his wife from custody within a period of 45 days from the date of the judgement and to pay them the total sum of N50,000,000 (Fifty Million Naira) to assuage the deprevations which the applicant and his wife have been put to by the Contemnor/Respondent.

They were further to take note that they are hereby required to attend the Court on the date to be fixed to show cause why an order for their committal should not be made.

A date for this contempt proceedings is yet to be fixed. We will keep you informed.

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