Amnesty International has told the Federal Government to immediately comply with court order and release the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenah Ibraheem.
El-Zakzaky and Zeenah have been under detention for over a year since December 2015 after a clash between his followers and the Nigerian Army where hundreds of his members were killed.
According to Makmid Kamara, the Interim Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, he said that;
“The 45 day deadline given for their release expires today. If the government deliberately disregards the orders of its own courts, it will demonstrate a flagrant – and dangerous – contempt for the rule of law.”
“El-Zakzaky is being unlawfully detained. This might be part of a wider effort to cover up the gruesome crimes committed by members of the security forces in Zaria in December 2015 that left hundreds dead.”
The court also described their detention which the Federal Government said was a “protective custody”, as illegal and unconstitutional.