The N2 billion fundamental rights legal suit filed by the leader of the Islamic movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky against the Federal Government over his detention could not go on Monday. This followed the absence of the respondents including the Department of State Security Service (DSS), the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Police in court. Zakzaky had filed the suit before the Abuja division of the Federal High Court, through his counsel and right activist, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN). The plaintiff is specifically asking for the award of the sum of N2 billion as damages against the Federal Government for his continuous detention without trial.
When the case was called on Monday, the court registrar informed the court that the respondents, which were the Department of State Services (DSS) the Police and the Attorney-General of the Federation were absent. Consequently, the trial judge, Justice Gabriel kolawole, adjourned the case to June 18to enable the respondents appear in court. Femi Falana who represented El-zakzaky against the DSS, the Attorney-General and the Police, also asked immediate release of El-Zakzaky and a court order restraining the respondents from further violating his right in any form.
The Shite leader further asked the court to compel the respondents in the suit to jointly pay the sum of N2 billion as general damages for the illegal violation of his fundamental human rights since his arrest on December 14, 2015 . El-Zakzaky and his disciples have been detained by the police after a clash with the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai, in Zaria, Kaduna state on December 5, 2015 in which several life were lost.