The House of Representatives has commended the Department of State Services (DSS) for obeying the court order granting Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), leave to seek medical attention abroad.
Recall that a Kaduna State High Court had granted the Cleric leave to enable him and his wife, Zeenat travel to India for medical attention.
The DSS while acknowledging the court order said the Service would comply with the directive.
“This is to inform the public that the Department of State Services (DSS) has received the order granting Ibrahim El-Zakzaky leave to travel to India for medical treatment. Consequently, the Service is liaising with relevant stakeholders to ensure compliance. Conformity with the order is in line with the Service’s avowed commitment to the Rule of Law inherent in a democracy”, it said.
Reacting to the development, Spokesman of the House of Representatives, Hon. Benjamin Kaludisclosed that the decision of the DSS to obey the order has further confirmed their willingness to respect the independence of the judiciary.
Kaluwho represent Bende Federal Constituency said that the move was an indication that the present government respects the rule of law.
“The House of Representatives commends the DSS for confirming our confidence in their willingness to respect the independence of the various arms of government especially the judiciary”, he said.
“You will agree with us that the independence of the judiciary is critical to the success of our democracy. We consider this an indication that the rule of law is prioritized and respected by this government.
“The court ruling was made to ensure the good health of the accused person. It does not stop the judicial arm from tidying up the process of his trial upon his return. Recall, it was not an application for bail that was granted.The matter is still before a court of competent jurisdiction. It will be contemptuous, for us to speak in details on such sub judicial matter.
“Functional democracy is better achieved in a healthy atmosphere of independence yet close partnership among the arms of Government. This was one of the proposals of the 9th House of Representative’s Joint Task of Nation Building – promoting understanding between the arms of government for the interest of the citizens.
Kalu opined that it was a new dawn in the history of democracy in Nigeria.