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Seized Passports: Again, Court Adjourns Sheikh Zakzaky Case — Africa Daily News

Hon. Justice Obiora Atuegwu Egwuatu of the the Federal High Court 9 sitting in Abuja has again adjourned the case challenging the non issuance of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky’s passport and that of his wife, Zeenah Ibraheem. 

Speaking to newsmen at the court, today Wednesday, counsel to the duo, Abubakar Marshal said it has become pertinent for his clients to seek court’s order requesting the Federal Government to release their passports. 

He said the the respondents are seeking a court order mandating the release of their passports. 

“Unfortunately, none of the defendants was in court. The respondents were absent and there was no reason for the absence. Although one of them reached out to us. 

“We have two suits. One is by Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and the other by his wife, Zeenah El-Zakzaky. They are seeking for the order of court mandating the Nigerian Immigration Service to issue them another international passport to enable them attend to medical attention abroad. 

“As you may recall, the couple went through trumped up charges trial that lasted for three years but have been vindicated by court and set free. As of today, they are free men in the course of their ordeal with the Nigerian Army in 2015, their international passports seized and destroyed by the officers of the Nigerian Army.

“In 2019, their passports were already prepared to travel abroad for a court order treatment in Medanta Hospital, India. Upon their return from India, the Department of State Services (DSS) refused to hand their passports back to them since their vindication by the court. Immigration has refused to issue them another passport despite the fact that it has been shown that the couple are in dire need of medical attention, arising from injuries they sustained during the holocaust attack on their premises in Zaria in 2015. 

“As you may well recall, the couple have pellets of bullets in parts of their bodies. And the authorities in Nigeria have refused them medical attention despite overwhelming evidence that this couple are really in dire need of this medical attention. 

“But the authorities have refused for reasons best known to them. We don’t know why they are refusing this couple. They are holding back in Nigeria. But the rights to passport is a fundamental human rights. And, this couple should be allowed to access this urgent medical attention to save their lives. Because as at today, as I speak to you now, their life is in danger”, Marshal said. 

It would be recalled that Sheikh Zakzaky and Malama Zeenah Ibraheem have dragged the Nigerian Intelligence Agency, Department of State Services and the Nigerian Immigration Service for withholding their passports with numbers A50578740 and A50578739, a development that has stopped them from accessing medical attention.

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