Counsel to the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Marshal Abubakar, has expressed concern over the state of health of the Shi’ites leader, Zeenat El-Zakzaky.
Abubakar told journalists after court proceedings on Monday that Zeenat was in dire need of medical intervention.
He added that the wife of the Shi’ites leader was vomiting blood, leading the judge to adjourn the case.
The counsel noted that the trial of his clients was again frustrated by the state by not allowing the defendants access to their medical doctors as ordered by the court.
According to him, El-Zakzaky’s wife is still complaining that she still had a fracture in her head, adding that Zeenat still had bullet pellets in certain part of her body.
“In short, while we were there before my Lord, the Hon Justice Kurada, the wife of Mallam El-Zakzaky, (Zeenat) was vomiting blood from her mouth. That is to tell you the kind of urgent medical intervention that they required.
“She was complaining that up till now she still had fracture wound in her head. Till this moment, she still has bullet pellets lodged in certain part of her body. And right now in the court room, she was vomiting blood before my Lord and my Lord said, ‘this can not be allowed to happen and its only someone who is medically fit that can take a plea or a trial.’
“So, the court said it can not proceed you allowed them their medical doctors access to them.”
He also alleged that the state was frustrating the trial of his clients.
“The matter was billed for today(Monday) for trial. The Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Mallama Zeenat Ibraheem wrr suppose to take their plea today and charges filed by the state against the couple over the incidents that occurred on Tue 12th and 13th December, 2015.
“As at the last dates, the state had informed the court that they intend to call their witnesses today but unfortunately, the trial was stalled by the state once again.
“On the last adjoining date, being February 6, 2020, the court had ordered that the defendants should be allowed access to medical care to be provided by their(defendants) medical practitioners in conjunction with the medical doctors nominated by the State Ministry of Justice and the prisons authorities, but unfortunately, it was brought to the court’s attention that that order was frustrated by the state – the Kaduna government and the prisons authorities who had refused to allow doctors of El-Zakzaky and his wife access to them for medical examination.”
BREAKING: It is safer to worship at home- FG
The Federal Government has said it is safer to worship at home.
The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, stated this on Tuesday during a briefing in Abuja.
He said, “There is no doubt that COVID-19 is still around. There is no doubt that it is safer to stay at home and there is no doubt that it safer for you to worship at home.”
COVID-19: Lagos working to protect pupils when FG reopens schools – Education Commissioner
The Lagos State Government has begun work on putting measures to protect pupils when the Federal Government reopen school nationwide.
WuzupNigeria reports that the President, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari [retd], had announced the closure of schools to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking at the annual ministerial press briefing of the state Ministry of Education on Tuesday, the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo, said although it was the FG that would decide when the schools, the state was putting in place measures to protect the pupils when the schools reopen.
“It is the Federal Government that will open the schools as they were the ones that closed the schools. Recall that the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 on Monday said schools remain closed.
“I can’t give you a date when schools will resume in Lagos, but we are working with development partners, ministries of Education across the country to come up with series of protocols on how we will be able to manage when we open schools.
“So, we are working behind the scene, we have a paper on the protocols and we will start to share as the paper is finally approved in a few days.
“There must be protocols that will address schools with large gatherings.
“There are many things we are thinking of, we are thinking about pupils not coming to school every day so that we will be able to spread the children across the whole school.
“Pupils don’t have to be in their class to learn, they can learn in a room with tables and chairs.”
Adefisayo added that a total of 3000 primary and secondary school teachers were recently absorbed into the teaching workforce of the Lagos State in a bid to boost the capacity of the existing workforce thereby providing quality education.
The Commissioner also pointed out that the Ministry had embarked on the construction and upgrading of Public Schools’ infrastructure across the state with the completion of six blocks of 92 classrooms in primary schools and three blocks of 54 classrooms in secondary schools in the state.
Expedite action to bring Omozuwa’s killers to justice, group tasks Police
Girl Child Africa, a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) on Tuesday, urged the Police to intensify efforts to ensure that killers of Miss Uwaila Omozuwa were brought to justice.
Founder of Girl Child Africa, Bukky Shonibare made the call in a telephone interview with the Newsmen
Omozuwa, a student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) was gruesomely raped and murdered in a church in Edo, where she had apparently gone to study ahead of the resumption of academic activities.
This elicited protests by various groups and individuals, demanding the arrest and prosecution of her murderer (s) who was/ were still at large.
While condemning the rape and murder of the 100 level female microbiology student of the UNIBEN, Shonibare emphasized the need for police to work assiduously to establish the facts surrounding Omozuwa’s death.
The human rights activist also stressed the need to implement laws that protected the lives and rights of citizens from abuse, particularly women.
According to her, the way we handle Omozuwa’s matter will serve as a deterrent to others and go a long way in stopping rape in the country.
“This brings to the fact that we have laws that protect the lives and rights of citizens from abuse.
“If those laws exist as letters and are not implemented, then every person who wants to indulge in sexual abuse will have his or her way.
“In February 2019, Edo government signed the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Bill which stipulates appropriate punishments for sexual abuse.
“Same was replicated in some states but unfortunately the laws are not being implemented.
“Since the passage of this law, we have not had instances where they are used to serve as a deterrent to those who may want to indulge in such ugly practice,’’ Shonibare said.
She, however, decried unwholesome practices in the judiciary, saying that they contributed to slowing down quick dispensation of justice in the country.
She said “even when you take such cases to the courts, the corruption is discouraging and will not allow victims to get justice.
“We will continue to have such cases of abuse if the laws are not implemented.
“Therefore, the way we follow Uwa’s case will go a long way in stopping sexual abuse in Nigeria,’’ Shonibare said.
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