COURT: IMN Versus FG Trial Begins today in Kaduna

COURT: IMN Versus FG Trial Begins today in Kaduna

A court case between the members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and the Federal Government of Nigeria begun today 18 of the May, 2016 at the Federal High Court in Kaduna, with lawyers of the Islamic Movement demanding the immediate release of Sheik Zakzaky in line with his fundamental human right as a citizen of Nigeria. The lawyers also sought redress to make up for the destruction of properties and lives of their members in the Zaria massacre last year.

The lawyers of the Islamic Movement  were led by Barrister Maxwell Kyon who together with his team presented their case to a presiding judge. The accused included the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Nigerian Army, Chief of Army Staff Tukur Yusuf Burutai, and the Attorney General of Kaduna State Government Enoch Simon and Kaduna State Government.

The presiding judge, Justice Saleh M. Shu'aibu had listened to myriad confessions from both the applicants and the defense lawyers who, after a brainstorming session, agreed to adjoin the case to 7 June, 2016 in order to give every side a sufficient time to prepare for the beginning of the hearing even though General Tukur Burutai  did not any send defense counsel to represent him.

It could be recalled that the Nigerian Army was accused in December, 2015, of massacring more than one thousand Shias including women and children and buried them in mass graves. Despite various condemnations from international communities, the leader of the movement Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, his wife and hundreds of his followers are still in detention without access to their relatives, and well-wishers.

By Khalid Idris Doya 

In Another story: Army/COAS absent from court

The Nigerian Army and the Chief of Army Staff have failed to appear in court for hearing in separate cases filed against them by Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat Ibraheem seeking N2b each as damages for the violation of their fundamental rights during the 12th to 14th December, 2015 clampdown on the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

The court was informed that the Army and the COAS were served the hearing notice on the 10th of May 2016 to which none of the two parties had responded.

Both the two cases filed at the Federal High Court Kaduna had the Nigerian Army, Chief of Army Staff, Attorney General of the Federation and Attorney General of Kaduna State as respondents before Justice S.M Shuaibu as presiding judge.

The judge instructed that the Army and the COAS be served another hearing notice for the hearing coming up on a new date, 7th of June 2016 insisting on the urgency in the case being a case that borders on fundamental human rights

The Counsel representing Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, Maxwel Kyom moved a motion seeking the court to fix another hearing date to allow for respondents in the case to hand over their counter affidavits which the judge conceded to in the case of Sheeikh Zakzaky but disagreed to continue the hearing as he demanded in the case of Zeenat Ibraheem.

Justice Shuaibu accepted the demand by the Counsel representing the Attorney General of the Federation, Enoch Simon seeking a further time to prepare his counter affidavit explaining that there is need for that being a case bordering on human rights.

The Counsel to the Attorney General of Kaduna state, Bayero Dari accepted the court’s decision on the matter in which his client is involved.

By Abdulminin Giwa