Zakzaky, wife sue Fed Govt over passport seizure

 Oct 19, 2021


Leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) popularly called the Shi’ites, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, and his wife, Malama Zeenah, have separately filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Abuja challenging the seizure of their international passports by the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).

In their fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by their lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), the couple told the court that their passports were last seen with the National Intelligence Service (NIA) which has officially denied the possession.

The couple has, therefore, declared their passports lost.

But while attempting to renew the passports through the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), it was learnt that the passports had been flagged by the DSS.

All official requests to the DSS to remove the restriction have allegedly been ignored.

The couple prayed the court to compel the two respondents to release the passports to them, or lift the “Red Flag” restrictions on the passports.

They also prayed the court to enforce their fundamental rights to freedom of movement and an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from further harassment and intimidating them.

The couple also prayed the court to mandate the respondents to pay N2 billion as general and exemplary damages for the violation of their rights to freedom of movement, fair hearing and property.

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