The professor. Itse Sagay, Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption (PACAC), disapproved of the continued detention of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, for the Department of State Services (DSS).
Zakzaky has been detained by the DSS since December 2015, while he is accused of illegal murder, illegal assembly and interruption of public peace.
Latest Nigeria News recalls that members of the movement had invaded the National Assembly to demand the intervention of the legislators in the liberation of their leader.
During the clash with the security agents, several vehicles were damaged and five policemen were injured.
Forty suspects were arrested in connection with the incident.
In his reaction, Sagay advised the federal government to obey the court’s orders and release El-Zakzaky on bail instead of perpetually arresting him without trial.
“I have already expressed this opinion almost a year ago that in the absence of anything that I know, apart from the fact that everybody is aware of, I think the best option is to release him, even if it is on bail.
“That is better instead of keeping him there and using him as an attraction for these gatherings that are disrupting everywhere and creating a level of anger and emotions that can upset the society and create unnecessary tension.
“Except if there is something we don’t know, I really don’t see why he is being kept for all these years. That is my sincere view,” he told Daily Independent.