Dari Bayero, the Kaduna State Director of Public Prosecutions, has revealed that the Government of Kaduna State will appeal the recent High Court judgement granting Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Shiites), permission to travel abroad for medical treatment.
Justice Dairus Khobo of the Kaduna Federal High Court had following an application by El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, through their lawyer, Femi Falana, ruled that they should be allowed to travel to India for treatment.
We also reported how the Department of State Services (DSS) who had been keeping the Shiites leader and his wife since 2015 noted that they could comply with the court order and allow the Shiites leader travel for treatment.
El-Zakzaky and his wife had told the court that they were suffering from metal poisoning caused by pellets of gunshots in their body following the December 2015 attack on them by the Nigerian Army in Zaria when his followers clashed with the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.
The IMN was recently declared a terrorist group by the Federal Government following a court order to proscribe it. The proscription order came following clash between his followers who were protesting his incarceration by the Nigerian Government and operatives of the Nigeria Police.
The recent clash led to the death of Usman Umar, the Abuja Deputy Commissioner of Police; Precious Owolabi, a corp member with Channels TV; and about 11 Shiites.
Amnesty International had two days ago accused the police of ignoring arrested Shiites members under its custody to die of gunshot wounds without medical attention.
The Kaduna State Government however noted that they would approach the Court of Appeal to nullify the High Court judgement.
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