We acknowledged the due diligence of the Kaduna State High Court that is currently hearing the case of the Nigerian Shia Muslims leader and his wife to exert jurisdiction over them where by, Jurisdictional authority is constitutionally determined.
Administering justice in criminal justice system is a cardinal principle of rule of law. It ensures fair hearing in the dispensation of Justice as this is guaranteed to all persons appearing before every court of law.
As Fair hearing is founded on the twin pillars of Natural Justice couched in the maxims audi alteram partem and nemo judex in causa sua, the two tenets of fair hearing are entrenched in Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (2011) as amended.
Once there is an infringement of the principles of natural justice, a trial might be regarded as unfair and partial. There must be no infringement on any Party’s right to get justice, as the effect would be that the entire judgment will be set aside as null and void on Appeal.
There fore, Judges and those sitting over disputes in their respective capacities should do away with bias and myopic sentiments which are the worst obstacles towards the achievement of any fair hearing, so that the dispensation of justice will be a reality rather than a Myth. As the popular saying; justice must not only be done, but must be seen to be done. The society owes the courts a duty of seeing that justice is seen practically in place in respective of the parties involved.
Credible records have shown that between 12 – 14th December , 2015 , the Nigerian Army burnt alive, maimed ,raped, demolished homes and buried hundreds of male and female of the Nigerian Shia Muslims in a mass grave in Kaduna state (Mando). These crimes committed against the Shia minority can never be forgotten in our strive for the desired Human Rights to be shaped within the Nigerian democratic system.
As this violates both our municipal and international legislation
Also , the ill treatments of members of this religious minority group and their leader Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat that are kept in custody incommunicado with severe and several bullet wounds all over their bodies are all against their fundamental human rights, namely right to life and right to dignity of human person. Also their continued detention is in total disregard and contempt of an Abuja High Court order to release them and pay them the sum of 50 million Naira as compensation as fully documented.
In view of the foregoing, We awaits the freedom of Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife.
Geoffrey N . Nwokolo (Esq)
Miss M.L Abraham
Prince Adelaja Adeoye
Dr Hasan Bala (Esq)
Comrade E.C Godwin
Comrade Ahmad Shuaib
For The Initiative for Conciliation and Right Protection (ICRP)
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