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Breaking: El-Zakzaky, wife leave Nigeria India for treatment

The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, Ibrahim Yaqoub El Zakzaky, will leave Nigeria along with his wife Zeenat to India for treatment.


A source within the group, disclosed this to Daily Trust, saying that IMN leader was already in Abuja, waiting to be flown to India along with DSS personnel by a privately chartered aircraft.

Recall that a High Court sitting in Kaduna state had granted El-Zakzaky and his wife permission to undergo treatment in India.

Twisting the event, the Kaduna State government last week gave El-Zakzaky and his wife new conditions, which include; “The confirmation of his appointment with the hospital by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; an undertaking by the defendants to produce two prominent and reliable persons as sureties, one being a first-class chief/emir of national repute and the other a prominent person within Kaduna State, who shall undertake to produce the defendants whenever they are needed.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria shall obtain from the Government of India an irrevocable guarantee that it will not entertain any application by the defendants/applicants or any third party seeking asylum under any guise or conferring the status of political prisoners or any other status aside from being medical patients on the defendants/applicants and shall also restrain the defendants/applicants from any act inimical to the corporate existence of Nigeria.

“Each of the defendants/applicants shall undertake in writing, endorsed by their Counsel, that while on medical treatment in India, they shall do nothing to jeopardize the ongoing trial, the peace and security of Nigeria and the laws of the Republic of India in whatever form.

“Security agents of the Federal Government of Nigeria shall escort the defendants/applicants and remain with them throughout the duration of their treatment in India and thereafter shall return with them after their discharge from the hospital.

“The Nigerian High Commission in India shall undertake prior vetting and grant consent before any visitor has access to the defendants/applicants while in the Republic of India.”

Having met these conditions, however El-zakzaky was believed to have prepared to travel to India for medical treatment today.

Details later:

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