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Sheikh Zakzaky Drags NIS to Court Over Refusal to Release Their Passports.

FILE: Leader Of the Islamic Movement, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his Wife Zeenah 

By now it is no News to most Nigerian that the leader of the shia group ElZakzaky and his wife are suffering from various health issues since their encounter with the Nigerian Army in 2015. After returning from their failed medical trip to India, their passports and travel documents was collected by State Security Services and was not returned till their landmark win in Kaduna high court  last year. The pair have been trying to leave the country to get the urgent medical attention they need. An official letter was reportedly sent to the DSS for the release of their travel documents, but the DSS claimed they are not in possession of the passports. All other attempts to get their passports have proved abortive.

The couple then approached the Nigerian Immigration Service to have new passports issued for both ElZakzaky and his wife Mallama Zeenah. However despite providing all the necessary documents required for the issuance of new travel documents, including paying all required fees the Immigration Service refused to issue new passports to the couple.

After exhausting all other available options, the couple decided to take the Nigerian Immigration Service to court for violating their fundamental human rights and infringing on their to movement and own moving property.

The case filled before the Abuja high courts dated 12/01/2022 accused the DG Immigration Service and the Nigerian Immigration Service of violation of their fundamental human rights.

According to their counsel Femi Falana SAN, Freedom to movement is a fundamental human right as guaranteed by the Nigerian constitution, The African Union and the Internal declaration of human right. A person has the right to freedom as long as they abide by the law and all charges filed against the couple has been discharged by the Kaduna court.

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