Tuesday, July 16, 2019

‘Elzakzaky must not be allowed to die,’ Falana warns

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and human rights activist, Mr Femi Falana, has cautioned the Federal Government against the continued detention of Sheik Ibraheem Elzakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

He gave the warning in a statement sent to Channels Television on Tuesday.

Falana wondered why the government has continued to keep the leader of the Shiites in custody despite court judgements ordering his release.

He added that medical experts have confirmed that Elzakzaky was ill and recommended that he should be flown out of the country for proper treatment.

The senior advocate raised concern that the nation may be heading into another insurgency war, should the Shiites’ leader die in detention.

He noted a series of protests by the Shiites in Abuja to call for the release of their leader, some of which turned violent with casualties recorded.

According to the human rights activist, the Boko Haram sect declared war on the people of Nigeria in 2009 following the murder of its leader, Mohammed Yusuf.

He warned that the nation cannot afford another insurgency war, especially at a time when it was battling banditry and other forms of crimes.