The Presidency has explained why it refused to release the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzakky despite court order.


The Presidency said it appealed the ruling by Justice Gabriel Kolawole and the case is before a court in Kaduna State and the bail hearing would come up next Monday.


This was made known by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina  during an interview on Channels Television Sunrise Daily on Tuesday.


He said until the case is dispensed with then it can be regarded as concluded.


He said, “I know that the immediate past AGF in whose purview it was to make pronouncements on that, address the issue. If bail is granted and another case subsists and there is an immediate filing of appeal, you have to wait till it is dispensed with. So, that is a legal matter which is outside my purview but as a layman, an unlearned man as lawyers would call us, we know that until all cases are dispensed with, you don’t say that it has been concluded.”

He added that the Shiites members should calm down and wait for the court to make its ruling.


“I tell you despite what happened yesterday, if the police had responded with greater force, you know we would not be talking about what we are talking now.


“A deputy commissioner of police was killed. Yes, very sad, that is one life just like any other life. He did not deserve to die in service to the country but if the police had responded in similar fashion, you would have been talking of rivers of blood in Abuja now.

“I still believe there was some restraint yesterday despite what happened and personally I still commend the police for showing that restraint.”