In the last four years, El-Zakzaky has eaten N164.5m worth of food in DSS custody. El-Zakzaky was detained after soldiers killed over 345 members of his sect and two of his children, following the accusation that members of his sect attempted to kill the Chief of army staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai.
The Islamic leader and his wife, Zeenat are facing an eight-count charge of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disturbance of public peace at the Kaduna High Court.
Human rights lawyer and Zakzaky’s counsel, Femi Falana (SAN), Reacting to the claim lamented that the cost may continue to rise since he is in prison and is therefore still being taken care of with taxpayers’ money. Falana stressed that El-Zakzaky was granted bail many times, but the court orders were ignored by the federal government until the Kaduna State government decided to charge the IMN leader to court.
Falana stated that “El-Zakzaky is now in prison but he is still being taken care of by the federal government with tax payers’ money,” Falana was quoted as saying.
Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, explained why the Shites leader remains in DSS custody that the Federal Government does not interfere with cases that are being prosecuted by a state government.