Court Turns Down Bail for Shiites Leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky




A Federal High Court, Abuja, has declined the application of
Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, seeking his immediate release
from detention by the Department of State Service (DSS).
El-Zakzaky is the leader of Shiites Movement in Nigeria.
Justice Okon Abang, the vacation judge, who declined the
application, had in the past one week refused the
applications of Rep. Abdulmumini Jubril’s house planned
suspension.
The others were application from his kinsmen seeking
stoppage of the appointment of the Managing Director and
commissioner into NDDC board and a suit into Oron Federal
constituency.
Abang said that Zakzaky ought to have obtained the leave
of court for the matter to be heard during vacation. He
explained that the applicant failed to serve the DSS, the
Inspector General of Police and the Attorney General of the
Federation joined as respondents.
He said, no matter the urgency of the matter, the applicant
ought to have serve the respondents. The judge said that
the matter was initially assigned to Justice Gabriel Kolawole
by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.
Abang, therefore, said that the application was not
competent and struck out the application. Counsel to El-
Zakzaky, Mr Abubakar Masha, instituted the suit seeking
for enforcement of fundamental human rights on behalf of
his client.

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