The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has frowned at the continued detention of the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, by the Department of State Security (DSS).
The ailing Sheikh is being held by the DSS despite being reportedly very ill, with recurrent partial strokes and lead poisoning.
His detention had already being declared unconstitutional and a breech of his fundamental rights by a federal high court in Abuja. But rather than release him as ordered by that court, the government, in an attempt to perpetually detain him, arraigned him in Kaduna state High Court with the charges of aiding and abetting culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of public peace, charges that the same Kaduna High court had earlier dismissed as a no case, discharging and acquitting the nearly one hundred members of the Movement who stood trial more than a year ago.
Speaking with newsmen on Thursday, Sagay advised the Federal Government to obey court orders and release Zakzaky instead of detaining him perpetually.
He said, “I have already expressed this opinion almost a year ago that in the absence of anything that I know, apart from the fact that everybody is aware of, I think the best option is to release him, even if it is on bail”.
“That is better instead of keeping him there and using him as an attraction for these gatherings that are disrupting everywhere and creating a level of anger and emotions that can upset the society and create unnecessary tension”.
“Except if there is something we don’t know, I really don’t see why he is being kept for all these years. That is my sincere view” he said.