Nigeria: #Zakzaky hearing - Updates from inside the courtroom -Anyigbaleft

Nigeria: #Zakzaky hearing - Updates from inside the courtroom in this thread: It could be recalled that the lawyers called for the adjournment of the sitting to enable them to scrutinize the papers that detail the deteriorating medical condition of the sheikh.
 
 It is expected the court will listen to their conclusion. As of now, the judge and lawyers from both sides are in attendance. As usual, I Abdulllahi Tumburkai will be reporting the development.
 
The legal team of Sheikh Zakzaky headed by Femi Falana revealed that the sitting aims to entertain a motion seeking a legal permission to travel abroad for medical attention.
 
 He stated that they presented their application and attached with it a medical report, saying they also replied to the questions filed by the government's counsels.
 
 He said they are pleading with the government to grant them their request because the persons they are representing could die if urgent steps are not taken. He also said that even the lawyers representing the government have not disputed their application.
 
 Falana added that some of the doctors who examined the sheikh and his wife were foreigners assisted by the Nigerian doctors.
 
 He said Bayero Dari, did not challenge his submission. He also disputed Mr Dari's claim that his ailments could be handled here in Nigeria, saying there is not a single hospital all over Nigeria that could fully treat them.
 
According to him, he once asked the DSS to allow him access to medical attention abroad to treat his badly wounded eye but they refused until he lost the eye.
 
 Now he risks losing the remaining eye. So, the claim by the government's lawyer, Bayero Dari makes no sense at all. He even challenged him to point the hospital where the Sheikh could be treated.
 
 He said that the life of the second person being accused is also in danger as shown by medical reports. He made mention of a report by Dr Ramatu Abdullarim of Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital which showed she is suffering from hypertension and her knees need urgent surgery.
 
There is also an urgent need to remove a bullet stuck in a sensitive part of her body. He concluded that there is no hospital to treat them in Nigeria.
 
 Falana added that it is necessary to medically look after the accused no matter the gravity of what they are being accused of. He said they must jetted out to New Delhi where competent doctors abound unlike Nigeria where doctors lack state-of-the-art equipment.
 
 Mr Falana made mention of a case between Gani and Abacha when he was being detained in Bauchi. He, Falana, was being incarcerated in Jigawa. He said even during the junta era, the court granted him a permission for his doctors to examine him.
 
He alluded to one detainee in the notorious Ikoyi prison who sought for bail but was denied. But he was allowed to travel to India on medical grounds, alas! It was too late to save him. He therefore pleads with the government to release him before it is too late.
 
 He warned the death of the sheikh under the custody of the security forces could be a disaster to Nigeria.
 
 Mr Falana went on to say that the lawyers representing the government have not presented any evidence to counter his his assertion. They are just beating about the bush because they are against his freedom.
 
 
-Source: International Human Right Comission

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