Policemen used teargas to disperse #FreeZakzaky protesters in Abuja this morning. The protesters, who embarked on a peaceful protest, are calling for the release of Shiite leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, in line with the court order yet to be obeyed by the Federal Government.
In an attempt to disperse the protesters who converged on Unity Fountain, the Police fired teargas and water sprays.
Former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Professor Chidi Odinkalu, who addressed the protesters before they were chased out of the Unity Fountain, advised the Federal Government to respect the rule of law by release El-Zakzaky.
A Federal High Court in Abuja had on December 2, 2016, ordered his release and awarded a cumulative sum of 50 million Naira to the Zakzakys and ordered the AGF and IGP to provide him a new accommodation and security in any part of Kaduna or Northern region that they prefer within 45 days; a judgment which is however yet to be obeyed.
The Shi’ites leader has however remained in custody for 485 days now, despite the judgment.