29 August 2016
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has declined the application by Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, seeking his immediate release from detention by the Department of State Service (DSS).
El-Zakzaky is the leader of Shi`a Movement in Nigeria.
The vacation judge, Abang, said that Zakzaky ought to have obtained the leave of court for the matter to be heard during vacation.
He explained that the applicant failed to serve the DSS, the Inspector General of Police and the Attorney-General of the Federation, who were joined as respondents.
He said, no matter the urgency of the matter, the applicant ought to have served the respondents.
The judge said that the matter was initially assigned to Justice Gabriel Kolawole by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.
Abang, therefore, said that the application was not competent and struck it out.
Counsel to El-Zakzaky, Mr Abubakar Masha, instituted the suit seeking for enforcement of fundamental human rights of his client.
El-Zakzaky is being detained as leader of the Shi`a Movement in Nigeria who engaged the military in a combat on the Kaduna-Zaria Road leading to loss of lives.