In August an official Judicial commission of inquiry by the Kaduna state government into the massacre on 12-14 December 2015 accused General Officer commanding the Nigerian Army's 1st Division, Adeniyi Oyebade, of orchestrating the military operation outside the chain of command. Read the original story here.
Months after his arrest, his lawyer, Femi Falana, said the court should declare that the continued detention of his client without charging him, was unlawful and violating his fundamental rights.
He, therefore, urged members of the Sunni sect, who are the majority in the country, to be tolerant of the Shiite group and live in peace with them, "because the constitution accommodates all beliefs".
The leader of Nigeria's largest Shi'ite Muslim sect should be released after being held without charge for almost a year by the country's security agency, a court ruled on Friday.
Musa said that members of the movement would continue the protest until their leader was released.
Justice Gabriel Kolawole dismissed the government's objections to the suit and ordered that El-Zakzaky and his wife be freed and handed to the police "within the next 45 days".
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Giwa adds that the court ordered the release of Zakzaky's wife as well, who has also been held in detention for nearly a year, and awarded her 25 million naira ($80,000) in damages.
Kolawole said, "If the applicant dies in custody which I do not pray for, it could result in many needless deaths".
He then ordered the DSS to hand Zakzaky over to the police.
Reacting to the ruling of the court, the federal government, however, said it will appeal the judgement, in which Justice Kolawole held that the continued detention of the applicant without trial amounted to a gross violation of his constitutionally guaranteed rights.
"I have not been shown any incident report or any complain lodged by residents around the neighbourhood that the applicant has become a nuisance to his neighbourhood".
It went ahead and awarded N50m damages against the Federal Government, even as it ordered the construction of a new accommodation for El-Zakzaky's family in any part of Kaduna State or the Northern region.