Federal govt explains why El-Zakzaky and wife remain in DSS custody

The Federal Government maintains that it doesn't interfere in cases that are being prosecuted by state governments.

El-Zakzaky was detained after soldiers killed over 345 members of his sect and two of his children, following the accusation that members of his sect attempted to kill the Chief of army staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai. [ihrc]

Addressing why the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration released Omoyele Sowore, the #RevolutionNow convener, and a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, in a statement by his spokesman, Dr. Umar Gwandu, who quoted him as speaking to the BBC Hausa and the Hausa Service of the Voice of America (VOA), Malami explained that El-Zakzaky and his wife were not released because “the Federal Government does not interfere with the cases that are being prosecuted by a state government.

Malami maintained that El-Zakzaky and his wife are being prosecuted by the Kaduna State government on charges of murder.

On why Sowore and Dasuki were freed, Malami was quoted as saying that their release from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS), was a demonstration of the government’s commitment to rule of law.

Debunking insinuations that the United States government influenced Sowore's release, Malami said the duo's freedom was not due to any domestic or international pressure.

The only reasons for the release of Omoyele Sowore and Sambo Dasuki revolved around our commitment to the rule of law, obedience to court orders and compassionate grounds.

“It is important to understand the fact that as far as the law is concerned and in relation to the Nigerian justice system, one has multiple options after a court has ruled on a matter," Malami was quoted as saying.

Their release from DSS custody came after multiple court orders that the Buhari-led government had disobeyed.

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