El-Zakzaky’s acquittal - Punch Newspapers

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8/2/2021 4:25:00 AM

El-Zakzaky’s acquittal - Punch Newspapers

The most widely read newspaper in Nigeria

Oduche Azih,Published2 August 2021I understand that Sheikh El-Zakzaky’s defence attorney made a no-case submission on behalf of his clients. Discharging and acquitting the accused seemed to have been the only logical outcome of the trumped-up charges that came on the heels of the state massacre of the followers of the Sheikh and his Islamic Movement of Nigeria.

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Delaying and keeping this case in limbo seemed to this regime to have been the only way of keeping the Sheikh in illegal detention, damning the consequences, and public and international outcry. This state of affairs could not be expected to last forever, or could it?

Not even in Juan Peron’s Argentina, Duterte’s Filipines or today’s Myanmar. Perhaps, only in Boko-Haramland and ISWAP’s Caliphate would such impunity be sustained by the official structure of jurisprudence.That said, are we then supposed to rejoice over this judgement of court freeing El-Zakzaky after years of his human rights being blatantly trampled upon? Of course, not. headtopics.com

First, the next 24 hours would be very instructive. Will the Department of State Services and the Nigerian military immediately obey the court judgement? We shall see. Read more: The Punch Newspapers »

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