Leader of the Shiites, also known as the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and his wife have arrived India for their scheduled medical treatment, and members of the group have expressed their delight at this new development.
Abdurrahman Abubakar Yola, the Chairman of Free Zakzaky Campaign Committee, issued a statement to ‘Daily Post’ news agency on Monday. He thanked everyone who participated in the campaign for their efforts in securing the release of the IMN leader for medical treatment while revealing that they successfully conquered foul plans by the Kaduna State government to stop the campaign by all means.
“In spite of the attempted efforts at frustrating this emergency medical journey by the Kaduna State government, which tried to unilaterally put conditions to the journey even though it lacked such powers, the journey has gone on without much hitches.
“This emergency medical journey is consequent on the fact that both the Sheikh and his wife are known to be clearly very ill in detention, sequel to the brutal wounds unjustifiably inflicted on them by the state agents in the name of Nigerian army, the resultant prolonged dehumanizing detention in the custody of the Department of State Security (DSS) and the obvious poisoning of the Sheikh,” Abubakar said
He also showed his appreciation to all who helped with the campaign.
“We wish to use this opportunity to thank all people of conscience, particularly the team of lawyers being led by Femi Falana SAN, some very senior citizens, diplomats, human rights activists and organizations, journalists and the general public who doggedly stood by us in the campaign for justice for the victims of Zaria genocide. Thank you and God bless,” he added.
Justice Darius Khobo of Kaduna State High Court granted the couple’s application for leave to seek medical attention in New Delhi, India, last week.
Femi Falana (SAN), El-Zakzaky’s legal representative, helped procure the legal jurisdiction to allow his client seek proper medical care after being exposed to health challenges while in detention for three years.
The court allowed El-Zakzaky leave the country with some family members but in the custody of security operatives, as he still has a pending case with the federal government.