Court Asked To Declare Iranian Ambassador A Security Risk


A non-profit organization – Lawyers Alliance for the Defence of Democracy in Nigeria (LADDIN) has asked a Federal High Court, in Abuja to declare the Iranian Ambassador in Nigeria, Saeed Koozechi, a security threat to the country.
LADDIN also asked the Court to order the immediate arrest and prosecution of Mrs. Zeenat El-Zakzaky, wife of the leader Shi’ite ‎movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakyzaky.

In suit number FHC/‎ABJ/CJ/189/2016, dated March 10, 2016, Mrs. El-Zakzaky was said to have made inciting statement after the killing of the members of the Movement and the arrest of her husband.
Those joined as defendants in the suit, are the Inspector -General of Police, Director-General of the DSS, the minister of Foreign Affairs and the Attorney-General of the Federation.
Plaintiff in the suit, Danbaba Gyang, who is also the Secretary General of LADDIN through his lawyer, Samson Esekhaigbe, asked the court to determine whether the statement contained in an exhibit before the court is not capable of causing unrest and breach of the peace of Nigeria.
He also asked the court to determine whether the various threats, issued by the Ambassador, also contained in an exhibit before the court are not treasonable and whether they should not be investigated. The organisation  asked further whether  President  should not be advised by the AGF to severe diplomatic ties with Iran, if the ambassador is found wanting.
The plaintiff also prayed the court to declare that the IGP, DSS and the AGF have abdicated their duties by failing to investigate, arrest and prosecute‎ members and leaders of the Shi’ite Movement for breach of public peace and attempted assassination on the life of Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen. Tukur Buratai in Zaria on Dec. 15, 2015.
He asked the court to prosecute Mrs. Zeenat and her husband for allegedly promoting acts, capable of causing unrest and public peace and also to declare the Iranian Ambassador to Nigeria a persona non grata.
No date has been fixed for the hearing of the matter.

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