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Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, will in the next few hours depart the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, to India for medical treatment
Associates of the cleric told PREMIUM TIMES he arrived at the airport Monday afternoon and will be flown in a private chartered aircraft to India.
“I can confirm that he is on his way to India today in a chartered aircraft,” the associate, who is a member of Mr El-Zakzaky’s medical team.
The development comes a week after Mr El-Zakzaky was granted bail by a Kaduna State High Court to travel to India for medical treatment.
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The Shiite leader’s health had been a major ground for dispute between his followers and Nigerian authorities, amidst concerns he may die in custody if not treated urgently.
The trip would be the first time Mr El-Zakzaky would anywhere else but the Nigerian government custody since December 2015 when Nigerian soldiers tore down his residence, killed hundreds of his followers and took him into custody.
It also said the FG must obtain from the Indian government an irrevocable guarantee that it would 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.
CREDIT: PREMIUM TIMES