Kaduna State Government’s Judicial Commission of Inquiry on the clash between members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria otherwise known as Shiite group and men of the Nigerian Army yesterday suffered another setback as the legal counsel to the group could not get access to its leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.
It would be recalled that the commission had at its inaugural sitting on Monday adjourned till yesterday to allow the counsel to the Shiite group access to the leader.
It would also be recalled that the movement through its counsel insisted on seeing its leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky to get necessary briefings from him before it can submit any memorandum and appear before the commission.
However, when the counsel to the Movement, Mr. Maxwel Kyon appeared before the commission yesterday, he pleaded for two weeks adjournment to enable him get access to his client.
But the chairman of the commission, Justice Muhammadu Lawal Garba asked the counsel to the Nigerian Army, Mr. Abba Audu whether he opposed the two weeks plea and he did not oppose , saying that it was in the interest of justice.
However, counsel to the commission, Usman Yunus Ustaz, SAN objected the plea, saying that two weeks was too long to be granted since the panel has only six weeks to conclude its sitting.
Though the Commission chairman did not grant Zakzaky’s plead, he however, adjourned the sitting till Monday, February 29, as a grace for the counsel to get access to his client.
“We are adjourning till February 29, to enable you get access to your client, and whether you get access to him or not, you have to report back to the Commission so that we can continue with the proceedings”, Panel Chairman said.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the adjournment, Zakzaky’s counsel, Mr. Maxwel Kyon disclosed that the embattled Shiites leader is in the custody of the Directorate of the State Security, DSS, adding that the police and other security agencies are preventing him from having access to his client.
He however expressed optimism that “there are indications that we may have some interaction with our client between now and the weekend, after which the possibility of filing a memo may be considered.”


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