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Army/Shiite Clash: IMN insist on release of El-Zakzaky before honouring Judicial Panel

Army/Shiite Clash: IMN insist on release of El-Zakzaky before honouring Judicial Panel

The alleged inability of the legal counsel to the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, to gain access to its leader, Sheik Ibraheem Zakzaky, yesterday stalled the sitting of the Kaduna State Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the December 2015 clash between the Nigerian Army the IMN.

Meanwhile, Spokesman of the IMN, Ibrahim Musa, said the group has vowed it would not honour the invitation of the Commission if Zakzaky was not freed to give the brief of the IMN.

The Commission had at its inaugural sitting on Monday was unable to proceed with the hearing following complaint from the IMN counsel, Maxwel Kyon that he had been unable to meet with the leader of the IMN, Zakzaky, and a core character in the conflict.

Kyon appeared before the Commission yesterday and told the Commission that he was still unable to meet Zakzaky to prepare for the appearance of the IMN and pleaded for two weeks’ adjournment to enable him gets access to his client.

He claimed the Directorate of State Services, DSS had refused him access to Zakzaky.

Counsel to the Nigerian Army, Mr. Abba Audu, however opposed the two weeks adjournment arguing that it was untenable, going by the lifespan of the Commission.

Similarly, counsel to the Commission, Usman Yunus Ustaz, SAN, objected the plea, saying that two weeks was too long to be granted since the Panel had six weeks to conclude its sitting.

Ruling on the matter, Chairman of the Commission, Justice Muhammadu Lawal Garba, said, “We are adjourning till February 29, to enable you get access to your client, and whether you get access to him or not, you have to report back to the Commission so that we can continue with the proceedings”.

Meanwhile, the spokesman of the IMN, Ibrahim Musa insists that IMN still stood by its earlier demand as condition for its appearance before the Commission.


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