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Court Fixes Jan 19 To Hear El-Zakzaky, Wife’s Fundamental Rights Enforcement Suit

Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.
Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.
THEWILL APP ADS 2

November 06, (THEWILL) – The Federal High Court, Abuja, has fixed January 19, 2022, for hearing in the N4bn suit filed by the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenah, against the Department of State Services (DSS) and Attorney-General of the Federation.

Presiding Judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, fixed the date to allow the DSS and AGF, respond to allegations bordering on fundamental rights enforcement leveled against them.

The Sheikh and his wife had each slammed a N2 billion suit challenging the seizure of their international passports by the Federal Government.

The suits, with Ref. No: FHC/ABJ/CS/ 229/2021 and FHC/ABJ/CS/230/2021, the IMN leader and his wife, are demanding general and exemplary damages over the respondent’s refusal to release their international passports…

The Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules 2009 and Sections 44, 37,36 and 46 (1) and (2) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) was filed by Marshal Abubakar of Femi Falana chambers.

The plaintiffs had in their separate originating motion-on-notice, asked the Federal High Court to declare that the seizure of their passport No A50578740 and A50578739 since May 2019 was illegal and unconstitutional as it violates their fundamental right to freedom of movement guaranteed by Section 41 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as Amended) and Article 12 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights Act (CAP A9) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

Other demands were an order of the Court mandating the respondents to pay over to the applicants “the sum of N2bn as general and exemplary damages” for the violation of their “rights to freedom of movement, fair hearing and property” and an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from further violating their “fundamental rights in any manner whatsoever and howsoever without lawful justification.”

The couple also wants a declaration from the Court that the Red Flag Travelling Restrictions placed on their passports and land borders “by the respondents without a court order is illegal and unconstitutional” as it violates his right to fair hearing guaranteed by Section 36 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As Amended) and Article 7 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights Act (CAP A9) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

In addition, they prayed the Court to declare that the refusal of the respondents to allow them to travel abroad for medical treatment constitutes a threat to their lives guaranteed by Section 33 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.

According to them, the Court should mandate the respondents to release their international passports to enable them to access prompt and adequate medical attention as recommended by their Doctors.