Why DSS may not release Zakzaky

There are fears that a fresh charge may be filed against Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, within the 45 days window given by the court, within which he should be released.


The DSS as well as other security agencies have never been known to obey court orders in that regard, examples of persons who had been granted bail by the court, but which DSS refused to let go include: Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), Nnamdi Kanu and retired Air Commodore Umar Mohammed, among others.

Apart from DSS’ penchant for disobeying court orders, reports further gathered that, like Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigeneous People of Biafra, IPOB, El-Zakzaky, is considered in government quarters, as posing a threat, to the sovereignty of Nigeria.

The decision by the Abuja Federal High Court, presided over by Justice Gabriel Kolawole, ordering the immediate release of the detained leader of Shiites group in Nigeria, Zakzaky, did not come to many as a surprise.

There are however strong indications that the Department of States Security, DSS, may not release El-Zakzaky from detention, any time soon.

The trial judge had at the last adjourned date, given an indication to the effect, when he advised the minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami, to find a way of resolving the matter, failing which, he would be forced to deliver his verdict.

Newsmen authoritatively gathered that, throughout the period of the adjournment, there was no move from the Office of the AGF, towards amicable resolution of the matter, thus compelling the trial Judge, to deliver his verdict yesterday.

While citing the death of former leader of the Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf, the judge said; “If the applicant dies in custody which I do not pray for, it could result in many needless deaths”.To this end, Justice Kolawole, ordered the government to release, within 45 days, the applicant and his family to the police, who shall within 24 hours, take them, guarded by escort, to a safe place.



  1. The court of competent jurisdiction says he should be released and why cant they DSS obey the court whose duty is to determine the case? Even if other charges are surfacing, there are provisions in our constitution for the released and re arrest of of an offender. At the inception of this government, we were told they will shun impunity but why are they so free in the application of impunity now?

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