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Shiite leader, El-Zakzaky, in first public appearance over rumoured death

Shiite leader, El-Zakzaky who has been in detention since 2015 has appeared for the first time over rumours that he has passed on due to undisclosed illness. The IMN leader, Mr. El-Zakzaky met with a select group of journalists in a meeting organised by the State Security Service  on Saturday at their headquarters in Abuja. Mr. El-Zakzaky, who leads Nigeria’s most popular Shi’ia group, has been in the custody of the SSS since 2015 after a brawl with the Nigeria Chief of Army Staff, in Zaria, Kaduna State.  He has been held without trial despite court orders directing his release.

The appearance came a day after rumours of Mr. El-Zakzaky’s death spread on the social media. The rumour has since been denied by his lawyer, Femi Falana. DAILY ASSET which monitored issues around Mr. El-Zakzaky saw him walking unsteadily out of a building to speak to journalists. He is later driven away in a Toyota Prado SUV. Mr. El-Zakzaky said he had been allowed access to his personal physician for the first time, and thanked Nigerians for their prayers. “It was severe on me on Monday but subsequently it started subsiding and for the first time at least the security allowed me to see my own Doctors.

“So it was my own doctors who examined me. Before I used to be examined by security doctors, this time I did not agree, and my own doctors came to examine me. “I am getting better, thanks to all your prayers,” Mr. Zakzaky said before leaving for the vehicle.

Speaking with DAILY ASSET, on the development, a Shiia religious faithful, Ibrahim Ibn Mohammed lamented that El-zakzaky was being incarcerated unjustly, adding that he should be released based on court judgements. “We have seen the one minute video, but what they should do is to obey the court order by freeing the Sheik so that he can go and look after his health,” he said. “We will continue to press for our demand until the federal government obey’s the court order,” Mohammed added. The IMN leader and his wife were arrested on December 14, 2015 in Zaria following a clampdown on Shiites by the Nigerian Army.

At least 347 members Shiites were reportedly  killed and secretly buried in mass graves by the army.

A Federal High Court in Abuja in December 2016 ordered the release of Mr. Zakzaky and his wife. The government refused to obey the order.

Members of the IMN group have been staging series of processions across the northern states demanding their release including the Nigera’s Narional Assembly.

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