President Buhari-led administration debunks the verdict to obey Justice Gabriel Kolawole’s order on the release of the Sheikh Ibraheem el-Zakzakky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria because its judgement has been appealed for further hearing.
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Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, has said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration debunk the verdict to obey Justice Gabriel Kolawole’s order on the release of the Sheikh Ibraheem el-Zakzakky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria because its judgement has been appealed for further hearing.
He said, “the Attorney-General of the Federation at the time, Abubakar Malami (SAN), may have had his reasons for doing so since the government had the right to appeal the bail.”
He said, “I know that the immediate past AGF in whose purview it was to make pronouncements on that, address the issue. If bail is granted and another case subsists, and there is an immediate filing of the appeal, you have to wait till it is dispensed with.
So, that is a legal matter which is outside my purview but as a layman, an unlearned man as lawyers would call us, we know that until all cases are dispensed with, you don’t say that it has been concluded.”
Adesina said, “the matter had since been taken before a court in Kaduna State, and the bail hearing would come up next Monday.”
In response to allegations that the police shot a live bullet instead of a rubber bullet or tear gas into the protesters on Monday, the President’s adviser said, “the police deserve to be commended, adding that the death toll would have been much higher if the police did not show some restraint.”
Adesina debated saying, “I tell you despite what happened yesterday if the police had responded with greater force, you know we would not be talking about what we are talking now.
“A deputy commissioner of police was killed. Yes, very sad, that is one life just like any other life.
He did not deserve to die in service to the country, but if the police had responded in a similar fashion, you would have been talking of rivers of blood in Abuja now.
“I still believe there was some restraint yesterday despite what happened and personally I still commend the police for showing that restraint.”