Point Of Correction: Sheikh Zakzaky Was Freed By Court; Not Granted Bail

Quite a number of people erroneously talk of Sheikh Zakzaky being granted bail. The reality however is that he was entirely set free by the judgement of Federal High Court, presided by Hon Justice GO Kolawole, declaring the detention of the Sheikh as unconstitutional and a breach of his fundamental rights, and therefore ordered for his release from custody and payment of compensation. This has been contemptuously been defied by the Buhari government with impunity. In the light of the above and the constant erroneous position taken to interpret the…

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Prof Sagay Adds Voice To Free Zakzaky Campaign

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…

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What Stirred Buhari’s Anger Against CJN Onnoghen

CJN REPRIMANDS BUHARI TO HIS FACE: LEARN TO OBEY COURT JUDGMENTS AND ORDERS The Chief Justice of Nigeria, (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen, has strongly reprimanded President Muhammadu Buhari over the President’s now legendary serial disobedience of court orders. Justice Onnoghen reproached the President to his face at the opening session of the 2017 All Nigeria Judges’ conference. Justice Onnoghen told Buhari to learn from countries like Kenya and the United States where “Rule of Law in practice” was evident. He pointed out that in those two countries recently, their Presidents…

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Sheikh Zakzaky’s Unconditional Release Order: Clearing Misconceptions

As we commemorate the 2nd Anniversary of the remarkable judgment delivered on 2nd December, 2016, it is pertinent to clear some misconceptions about the historic Judgment given in favour of the oppressed Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife by the Federal High Court, Abuja presided over by Hon. Justice Gabriel O. Kolawole on 2nd December, 2016 due to the fact that most people, including journalists, public affairs commentators, writers and even some of the members of the Islamic Movement sometimes get confused about the actual orders given by the Court on…

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Govt Plots Ways To Stall Possible Court Granting Bail To Sheikh Zakzaky

Reports reaching us from very reliable sources indicate that the government of President Buhari is sweating it out on how best they could avert a potential granting of bail to ailing Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife by the Kaduna state high court. These high level schemes are being discussed and they are leaving no stone unturned to see that the Judge doesn’t deliver his ruling on the bail application entered by the Sheikh’s lawyers led by Mr Femi Falana SAN. In the last two court sessions, flimsy excuses were…

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Shameless AGF: Displays Hypocrisy Pretending Commitment To Rule Of Law

The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami has shamelessly stood in Kaduna on Tuesday to falsely declare what he called the Federal government’s commitment to the rule of law and respect for human rights. Malami made the remarks at the opening of the North West Zone Consultation Meeting on the National Action Plan for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Nigeria. The meeting, holding in collaboration with the National Human Right Commission (NHRC), would review a draft of the Action Plan to cover…

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What Courts Need To Do Over Buhari’s Refusal To Release Dasuki, El-Zakzaky From Prison – HURIWA

A pro-democracy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, on Tuesday urged the judiciary to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to obey “subsisting” court orders. HURIWA made the appeal while lamenting the continued incarceration of former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col Sambo Dasuki and the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria also known as Shiite, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. The body called on the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, President of Court of Appeal, Mrs. Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa and Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Adamu Abdul-Kafarati…

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National Interest : SANs Knock Buhari, Insist On Supremacy Of Rule Of Law

Senior legal practitioners in the country, on Monday, condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement that he would continue to place the nation’s security and national interest above the rule of law. The lawyers who spoke to Vanguard in separate interviews, maintained that President Buhari’s position was a clear recipe for executive lawlessness and anarchy. Cross section of new Senior Advocates of Nigeria at their inauguration in Abuja on Friday President had in an address he presented at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association,…

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Any govt disobeying court orders is inviting anarchy — CJN Onnoghen

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen has again warned about the possible effects of disobeying court orders. Mr Onnoghen gave the warning at a public lecture he delivered at the faculty of law, University of Lagos, on May, 31. The theme of the lecture was: “The Rule of Law as Panacea for Peace, Security and Good Governance.” According to a report by the Daily Trust newspapers, the CJN also attributed the increased rate of killings across the country to the anarchy that results from the failure of the government…

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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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