The Federal High Court, Abuja, has ordered the unconditional release of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of Shiite sect in Nigeria, and his wife, Malama Zeatudden, from detention, within 45 days, The Guardian reports.
The court also ordered the Federal Government to provide a new accommodation for El-Zakzaky in Zaria or any northern town of his choice.
The court, presided by Justice Gabriel Kolawole, also awarded El-Zakzaky and his wife N50 million as general damages.
Members of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, had yesterday, stormed the National Assembly to protest the continued detention of their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.
The protesters, led by the secretary of the academic forum in Nigeria, Abdullahi Musa, said they had gathered to know the position of the Senate regarding the continued detention of their leader as well as ascertain when he would be released.
Musa alleged that several of their members had been killed by security operatives in different parts of the country and the government has been silent. “They killed our members and the government has been silent. We want to know what their position is,” Musa said.
Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, had recently expressed concern over the activities of the Shiites in North-Eastern part of the country. According to the governor, the group is capable of threatening the corporate existence of the country, if allowed to continue to exist.
Mallam El-Rufai, added that the group has an agenda to cause a religious conflict in Nigeria for political relevance contrary to the tenets and teachings of Islam.
El-Zakzaky was arrested after the Shiite group was involved in a bloody clash with the Army in Zaria.
The group was accused of attacking the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai while they were on a procession in Zaria.