The human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has condemned the continuous attacks on members of the Islamic Movement, who were protesting the continued detention of Sheikh Zakzaky.
Falana was the detainees’ lawyer who on December 2, 2016, obtained the judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja, ordering the release of Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife from the custody of the State Security Service.
The Federal Government has yet to comply with the judgment.
Falana declared on Monday that the detainees must be released in compliance with the order of the Federal High Court if the government was “genuinely desirous” of stopping the protest.
He said the “violent attack in which some of the protesters were killed and injured by security forces is barbaric.”
He said the attack, which he described as “totally unacceptable,” was staged “in a desperate bid to stop the members of the Movement from further exposing the lawlessness of the Federal Government”.
He maintained that the security forces had “breached the fundamental rights of the protesters to life, freedom from torture, freedom of assembly and freedom of expression.”
He said, “The violent attack unleashed on the Movement members this afternoon by a combined team of armed soldiers, police and state security service personnel is totally unacceptable in a democratic society.
“It is highly condemnable as it was uncalled for.
“In order to press for the release of their detained leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and his wife, the they have staged peaceful protests in Abuja since last months.
“This morning, security forces attacked the peaceful rally, killed some of the protesters and injured others in a barbaric attack in a desperate bid to stop them from further exposing the lawlessness of the Federal Government.
“In the process, the security forces breached the fundamental rights of the protesters to life, freedom from torture, freedom of assembly and freedom of expression.
“The Federal Government has not adduced any justifiable reason why it has continued to incarcerate the Zakzakys in utter contempt of the Federal High Court,” he said.