Passport Seizure: El-Zakzaky, wife file N4billion suits against SSS boss, AGF


Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, leader of a Shia Muslim community, the Islamic Circulate in Nigeria (IMN), and his wife, Zeenah, accept as true with sued the Director Customary of the Bid Security Carrier (SSS) and the Attorney Customary of the Federation (AGF) for N4billion over the seizure of their passports.

Of their separate suits filed at the Federal High Court docket in Abuja, the plaintiffs talked about their passports were seized from them after they returned from a authorities-supervised scientific commute to India in 2019.

Mr El-Zakzaky and his wife were then standing trial at the Kaduna Bid High Court docket on prices of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, amongst prices filed against them in connection to the bloody conflict between IMN participants and troopers in Zaria, Kaduna Bid, in December 2015.

The couple, who were freed of the prices with the Kaduna court docket declaring them to no longer accept as true with any case to reply in a July 28 ruling, talked about, in their rights enforcement suits, that the Indian commute “became as soon as supervised and controlled” by the Nigerian Intelligence Company (NIA) and the SSS.

The commute “became as soon as aborted for reasons most attention-grabbing diagnosed to the federal authorities,” the couple talked about, including that their passports and numerous travelling paperwork were then taken from them “and saved within the custody of the respondents.”

Following the Kaduna court docket’s ruling, the couple’s licensed knowledgeable, Femi Falana, a Senior Suggest of Nigeria (SAN), wrote separate letters to the NIA, the SSS, and the AGF, stressful the start of their passports allegedly seized after the Indian commute.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the NIA denied maintaining their passports in its reply to Mr Falana’s letter.

The couple talked about in their scramble smartly with that whereas NIA spoke back to their letter, each and every the SSS and the AGF overlooked them.

‘Barred from travelling in a foreign country’

In keeping with them, they therefore approached the Nigerian Immigration Carrier (NIS) to substantiate the plan of their passports “to enable them to trail for pressing scientific attention” most attention-grabbing to be instructed that “there is a restriction” positioned by the SSS stopping them from travelling initiate air Nigeria.

NIS officials told them that their passports and numerous trail paperwork seized from them can not be changed unless the limitations are lifted and the passports launched to them, the couple talked about.

Their licensed knowledgeable argued thru their suits that the seizure of their passports and trail restrictions positioned on them, actions which they attributed to SSS and the AGF, violated their rights to “freedom of motion assured by Part 41 of the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As Amended) and Article 12 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights Act (CAP A9) Regulations of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.”


The couple, in their suits filed on October 14, entreated the court docket to inform that the seizure of their passports became as soon as “illegal and unconstitutional.”

The plaintiffs additionally argued that the motion of the SSS and the AGF violated their important upright to “freedom of motion assured by Part 41 of the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As Amended) and Article 12 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights Act (CAP A9) Regulations of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.”

The plaintiffs additionally entreated the court docket to inform that the “Red Flag Travelling Restrictions” positioned on their passports and land borders by the respondents without a court docket exclaim is illegal and unconstitutional as it violates their upright to truthful listening to assured by Part 36 of the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

They, attributable to this fact, asked the court docket to inform that the refusal of the SSS and the AGF to permit them to trail in a foreign country for scientific therapy “constitutes a risk to their lives assured by Part 33 of the Nigerian structure”.

The “Red Flag Commute Restrictions” positioned on Mr El-Zakzaky’s passport with number A50578740 and that of Zeenah numbered A50578739 violates their rights, their licensed knowledgeable argued.

Each of them asked the court docket to exclaim the respondents to pay them N2billion, totalling N4billion, “as total and exemplary damages” for the violation of their “rights to freedom of motion, truthful listening to and property”.

They additionally sought an exclaim of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from further violating their “important rights in any manner whatsoever and howsoever without upright justification.”

‘Deteriorating smartly being’

The couple, who were launched from custody after the court docket ruling freeing them of costs, talked about, they were “currently” going thru deteriorating smartly being prerequisites.

The talked about in a scientific file dated September 24, 2021, a doctor, Ramatu Abubakar, a e-book family doctor of the Division of family pills, Barau Dikko Scientific institution, Kaduna, “knowledgeable come by admission to succesful scientific attention at an sufficient scientific facility initiate air the nation”.

They talked about that in yet any other scientific file dated October 1, 2021, Kazim Dhalla, a e-book ophthalmologist, “reiterated the imperativeness of the scientific attention” they each and every required.

Each reports were talked about to be linked to the scramble smartly with as Shows 5 and 6.

The respondents – the SSS and the AGF – accept as true with yet to file their defence.

History of simply fight

That is no longer the predominant time the couple may presumably be instituting simply motion against the authorities for illegal detention since the December 2015 bloody conflict between IMN participants and troopers within the convoy of the then Chief of Navy Workers, Tukur Buratai.

Following a scramble smartly with instituted by the couple, thru Mr Falana, to field their illegal detention, the Federal High Court docket in Abuja ordered their start within 45 days in a judgement delivered on December 2, 2016.

The judge, Gabriel Kolawole, who has since been elevated to the Court docket of Attraction, additionally ordered the federal authorities to present them with lodging, their location having been allegedly burnt down by the Navy and the Kaduna Bid authorities after the December 2015 incident.

The court docket additionally awarded N50million as compensation for the illegal arrest and detention of the couple.

The judgement became as soon as by no manner complied with. In jam of releasing the couple, the Kaduna Bid authorities filed the now-brushed apart prices against them in May 2018.

Since the December 2015 incident, there became as soon as a recurrence of bloody clashes between IMN participants and security operatives in Abuja and numerous areas.

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