Falana Asks Court To Quash Charges Against Sheikh Zakzaky Over Kaduna State’s Failure To Prove Case

The legal team of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, has filed a motion asking the High Court in Kaduna to quash all charges against him. Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, have been detained by the Nigerian Government since 2015 after hundreds of his followers were killed by the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State. In the motion filed by rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), on behalf of Sheikh Zakzaky, deposed to by Muhammad Ibrahim Zakzaky, son of the detained IMN leader, and served on…

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‘Free El-Zakzaky To Affirm Buhari’s Pledge To Respect Rule Of Law’ — Falana Writes Malami

Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has again asked the federal government to release Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN). In a letter dated January 2 and addressed to Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation (AGF), Falana said he is making the request in line with the pledge of President Muhammadu Buhari to respect the rule of law. In his New Year message on Wednesday, the president promised that his government’s actions at all times would be governed by the rule of…

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Sheikh Zakzaky Must Not Be Allowed To Die,’ Falana Warns FG

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and human rights activist, Mr Femi Falana, has cautioned the Federal Government against the continued detention of Sheik Ibraheem Elzakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria. He gave the warning in a statement sent to Channels Television on Tuesday. Falana wondered why the government has continued to keep the leader of the Shiites in custody despite court judgements ordering his release. He added that medical experts have confirmed that Sheikh Zakzaky was ill and recommended that he should be flown out of the…

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Falana Addresses Free Zakzaky Protesters, Commends Their Peaceful Disposition In The Face Of Persecution

The renowned human rights lawyer, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and the lead Counsel to the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky has praised the peaceful manner the Free Zakzaky Campaigns has continued to be, even in the face of extreme persecution and provocation by state security agents. He made the commendation when he appeared in solidarity with the Free Zakzaky protest at the National Human Rights Commission earlier in the week. Falana said he was doing everything possible to see to the freedom of the…

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Legal Luminary, Falana Speaks On Sheikh Zakzaky, Islamic Movement, Continued Protests, Other Issues

The foremost human rights lawyer and counsel to the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife, Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate in Nigeria (SAN) has again spoken on the continued Detention of in contempt of court judgement and the recent refusal of the Kaduna High Court to grant the ailing duo bail. He also spoke on a wide range of issues bothering on the Islamic Movement and their protests. Watch here: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2510495488991020&id=100000917809603

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NHRC Replies Falana On Illegal Killing Of 492 Shiites: “Your Complaint Is Receiving Attention”

The National Human Rights Commission has written a reply to Barrister Femi Falana, SAN on his letter of request for the investigation of the illegal killing of at least 492 members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria by the Nigerian Army and Police between 2014 and 2018, stating that the complaint is receiving attention. You will be informed of the outcome of our investigation on the matter in due course. The reply referenced C/2017/075/HQ, dated 7th November 2018 and signed by Valerie .U. Duruh of the Civil and Political Rights Department…

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Falana Demands Names Of 294 Citizens In DSS Detention

A human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), on Tuesday wrote to the Acting Director-General of the Department of State Services (also known as State Security Service), Matthew Seiyefa, demanding the names of 294 Nigerian citizens allegedly held in the agency’s custody illegally. Falana, whose request relies on the provision of the Freedom of Information Act, threatened to sue the agency if his demand was not met within seven days. Although he thanked Seyeifa for honouring his earlier letter dated August 20, 2018 by releasing some persons who had been…

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Falana Writes New Acting DSS Director, Calls For Release Of Sheikh Zakzaky, Others

The renowned human rights activist and chief Counsel to the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana SAN, has written a letter to the new acting DSS director, Mr Mathew Seiyefa calling for the immediate release of Sheikh Zakzaky and hundreds of others being illegally detained by the security outfit. Below is the full text of the letter. August 10, 2018 Mathew Seiyefa Esq., Acting Director-General, State Security Service, Maitama District, Abuja. Request for the urgent release of hundreds of persons detained illegally by the State Security Service. We congratulate…

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Lawyers Granted Rare Access To Sheikh Zakzaky, Wife

The team of lawyers standing for Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky were this evening granted a rare access to their client, only for the third time ever in the nearly two and half years of his incarceration. Led by the lead counsel, Chief Femi Falana SAN, the brief meeting was held at the Kaduna headquarters of the State Security Service, with Barr Maxwell Kyon, esq also in attendance. The meeting discussed crucial matters relating to the legal cases and the way forward. It will be recalled that the Sheikh and three others…

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