Zakzaky’s son wants Malami punished for failing to enforce court ruling

The only surviving son of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, Muhammad, has petitioned the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) over the “gross misconduct” by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Malami Abubakar, SAN, for failing to enforce the judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja that ordered the release of his parents.

Muhammad called on the legal bodies to apply appropriate sanctions and punitive measures against the AGF for disobeying an order of the court.

“I fervently call upon the Nigerian Bar Association/Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee to enforce and uphold any punitive measures against the AGF, being the Chief law Officer of the Federation and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, through withdrawals of privileges otherwise due to him for gross misconduct displayed by him, and to urgently act to secure the enforcement of the rights of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and Malama Zeenat Ibraheem Zakzaky,” he said.

The two separate petitions noted that Nigeria was under international treaty obligations to ensure compliance with all relevant provisions of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.

Muhammad further narrated that his parents had approached the Federal High Court to seek for the enforcement of their fundamental rights to life, personal liberty, dignity of the human person, right to private and family life and private property pursuant to sections 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 40, 41 and 46(1) & (2) of the constitution of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and articles 4, 5, 6, 11 and 12(1) of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (ratification and enforcement) act lfn 2010 and order 11, order xi and xii of the fundamental rights (enforcement procedure) rules, 2009.

He explained to both the NBA and the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee that the Federal High Court in Abuja had given judgment in their favour and consequently ordered for their release.

The IMN leader’s son said that rather than comply with the ruling, the AGF has continued to illegally detain his parents, contrary to an order of a court of competent jurisdiction and in contradiction to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Recall that Femi Falana, SAN, had petitioned Nigeria’s acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, demanding for the immediate release of Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife in obedience to a High Court judgment.


Source: Daily Post

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