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Why We Will Not Release El-Zakzaky —AGF Malami

Says Sowore, Dasuki released on compassionate grounds

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The Attorney-General of the Federation [AGF] and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami [SAN] has stated that the federal government cannot release the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria [IMN], Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat, even if it had wanted to.

This was contained in a statement by his spokesman, Dr. Umar Gwandu  on Friday.

Dr. Gwandu disclosed that Malami stated that during an interview with the BBC Hausa and the Hausa Service of the Voice of America.

According to the statement, the federal government cannot release Sheikh El-Zakzaky, and his wifebecause they are being prosecuted by a state government.

Malami was quoted as saying: “The Federal Government does not interfere with the cases that are being prosecuted by a state government.

“El-Zakzaky and his wife are being prosecuted by the Kaduna State government on charges of murder.”

Speaking on the release of the publisher of Sahara Reporter, Omoyele Sowore, and former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, he said that their release was not due to any domestic or international pressure.

He insisted that their release from detention was based on compassionate grounds.

He said: “The only reasons for the release of Omoyele Sowore and Sambo Dasuki revolved around our commitment to the rule of law, obedience to court orders and compassionate grounds.

“It is important to understand the fact that as far as the law is concerned and in relation to the Nigerian justice system, one has multiple options after a court has ruled on a matter.”

Recall that Dasuki was released after four years of detention and government’s disobedience to at least five separate court orders granting him bail.

On his part, Sowore was released despite two court orders granting him bail in September and November 2019.

Both of them were released on December 24 after Malami made a sudden announcement about their release.

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