Human right activist and at the same time a senior advocate Lawyer, SAN Femi Falana has demanded the unconditional release of leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Sheik Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife, Hajia Zeenat Ibraheem from detention.

In a letter on 5th April to the Director-General, Department of State Services(DSS), Falana said his clients were denied access to their family and doctors since their arrest.

Falana said last December 12 ,thousands of armed soldiers allegedly unleashed violent attacks on IMN members in Zaria, Kaduna State on the orders of the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai who claimed that the unarmed civilians wanted to assassinate him.

Falana said although his clients were not at the scene of the attack, the rampaging troops invaded their residence at Wali Street, Zaria last December 14.

“The troops set the building ablaze and killed three of our clients’ children in their presence and thereby subjected them to untold mental agony.

“Thereafter, the armed soldiers shot our clients several times. As a result of the brutal attack Sheik Zakzaky lost his left eye while doctors are currently battling to save the right one.

“While in custody, both of them have gone through many surgical operations to extract bullets from their bodies,” Falana wrote.

To compound the physical pain and mental anguish his clients were subject to, Falana said the police and the DSS have held them incommunicado for over three months.
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