The Kaduna State government has expressed its intention to file an appeal against Monday’s decision of the state’s High Court which granted permission to the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat to travel to New Delhi, India for medical attention.
The state’s Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr. Dari Bayero who confirmed the decision to The Punch on Tuesday said the government would file the appeal against the decision of the court along with terms of agreement for the cleric’s planned foreign trip.
His words: “We are filing an appeal against the decision tomorrow (Wednesday). We are also filing along with it terms of agreement on the trip.”
However, El-Zakzaky’s lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) said he was not aware of any terms of agreement to be filed after the ‘clear and unambiguous’ ruling of the court permitting his clients to embark on the foreign medical trip.
Falana said he would go by the announcement by the Directorate of State Services (DSS) to comply fully with the order of the court.
“I am not aware of any terms of agreement. The court’s ruling, which was essentially meant to save the lives of the applicants is clear and unambiguous.
“The authority, the State Security Service which is keeping the custody of the applicants has signified its intention to comply fully with the court order.
“That is where we stand and it is in line with the rule of law. If they are not satisfied with the court’s order, they know what to do,” Falana said.
Justice Dairus Khobo of the Kaduna State High Court had on Monday granted an application by the couple for permission to seek urgent medical treatment at Medanta Hospital, New Delhi, India and to return to Nigeria for continuation of trial as soon as they were discharged from the hospital.
The judge directed that the trip must be under the strict supervision of the state government’s officials, warning them not to go to any other hospital apart from the one they requested the court to allow them to visit.