The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has disclosed that the Federal government cannot release the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky because it does not have the power to interfere with the judicial process of State governments.
It will be recalled that the Federal government had on Tuesday asked the State Security Services (SSS) to release the duo of Sowore and Dasuki, but without El-Zakzaky who had equally spent long time as Dasuki in SSS detention.
In his interview with the Hausa Service of the BBC, monitored by our reporter on Thursday, Malami who is also the Attorney General of the Federation stated that “Henceforth, the Federal government won’t interfere in a judicial process that’s solely responsible for the state government to take charge of…”
Legislative Digest reports that the Federal government had overtime maintained that it is not detaining El-Zakzaky, saying rather he’s being prosecuted by the Kaduna State government.
The Kaduna State Government filed eight-count charges against El-Zakzaky for alleged conspiracy and abetting culpable homicide, among other related offenses. El-Zakzaky has been in detention since 2015 after members of his group clashed with the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai in Kaduna State, leading to the loss of lives and properties. Since then, members of the group have sustained pressure for his release leading to clashes with security forces.