Leader of the Shi’ite Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has challenged his prolonged detention by the Nigerian Government.
The religious leader approached the Federal High Court on Monday praying it to enforce his fundamental human rights and declaring his five months detention as illegal.
The sect leader was arrested in December after a siege on his residence in Zaria, Kaduna state by soldiers.
The grounds of the application include the following:
“That the arrest and detention of the defendant since December 14th, 2015 is unconstitutional and a violation of his rights to personal liberty, as enshrined in section 35 of the constitution;
“That the arrest and detention of the defendant since December 14th, 2015, without arraigning him before any court of law is unconstitutional and a violation of section 36 of the constitution; and
“That the detention of the defendant by the respondent since December 14, 2015 without access to his medical doctors is in violation of his fundamental rights to health and association, as enshrined in article 16 of the African Charter of Human and Peoples Rights”.