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At last, El Zakyzaky travels to India for medical treatment


The Federal Government on Monday allowed a 10-man delegation to accompany the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, to India on medical trip.

The delegation is made up of four IMN (Shiites) leaders and six security operatives. The IMN also spoke on El-Zakzaky’s trip.

An IMN member gave the names of its leader’s family members on the trip as Zainab and Hassan Bala. The name of the accompanying doctor was given simply as Rahamat. But the security operatives were not identified.

They flew out of the country on Emirates Commercial airliner yesterday via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport to India. The IMN leader and his wife are to receive medical attention for undisclosed health challenge.

According to investigation, the government opted for delegates from both sides to “ensure a transparent medical procedure.”

A top source said: “The government decided to allow four leaders/ members of the Shiites to follow El-Zakzaky to demonstrate its commitment to a fair and transparent medical procedure.

“The government did not want to leave any gap for misrepresentation of the medical treatment.  All these delegates will be part of the process.

“The government felt there was need to build confidence between the two sides. This is a sensitive trip.”

It was also learnt that the Federal Government “mitigated the legal course, especially the conditions attached to the trip” based on security reports and to show good faith.

The source added: “The conditions set by the court were acceptable to both parties and the Federal Government deliberately mitigated further legal hurdles at the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court to show good faith.

“Security reports also indicated that there was no basis for dragging the legal issues on the conditions further. The agencies advised against aggravating the situation.”

The list of delegates was kept under wraps last night for “security reasons.”

The IMN on Monday released the details of El-Zakzaky and his wife’s departure for India.

It said the wife could only make it to the airport on a wheelchair.


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