A Federal High Court, Abuja, has fixed January 19, 2022, for hearing the suit filed by Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenah, against the Department of State Services (DSS) and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF).
Justice Inyang Ekwo, on Friday, fixed the date to allow the defendants in
the fundamental right enforcement suit to respond to allegations levelled
While El-Zakzaky and his wife are applicants in separate suits, the DSS
DG and AGF are 1st and 2nd respondents respectively.
In the suits dated and filed on Oct. 14 by their counsel, Femi Falana,
SAN, the IMN leader and wife are demanding general and exemplary
damages over the respondents’ refusal to release his travel passport.
In his suit, El-Zakzaky asked for an order of the court mandating the
DSS and AGF to pay him the sum of N2 billion for the alleged violation
of his rights to freedom of movement, fair hearing and property, despite
being acquitted and discharged by a court on July 28.
El-Zakzaky said the seizure violated his fundamental right to freedom of
movement as guaranteed in Section 41 of the 1999 Constitution and
Article 12 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.