One month after the Kaduna State High Court acquitted and discharged the chief of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem El- Zakzaky and his spouse, Zeenat Ibrahim, the couple have been denied their worldwide passports to hunt medical care overseas.
This was made recognized in a press release issued on Friday by Ibrahim Musa, the President Media Forum of the group.
Musa said that the medical data of the couple present that they each endure from deteriorating well being situations and should have sought medical help exterior the nation.
He famous that they’re seemingly being held again by some highly effective individuals in authorities who’re holding on to the worldwide passports of the couple.
The assertion reads partly, “Four weeks after being discharged and acquitted by a Kaduna State High Court, the chief of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and his spouse, Malama Zeenah Ibrahim, are but to journey overseas for medical therapy as their worldwide passports are nonetheless being held by safety businesses and a brand new one has not been issued to them.
“Both the Nigerian Intelligence Agency (NIA) and the Department of State Security (DSS) have denied being in possession of the worldwide passports of the couple.
“It is a recognized truth, nevertheless, that in the course of the botched medical journey to India as granted by the Kaduna High Court, their worldwide journey paperwork had been promptly seized on arrival by these safety businesses. Thus, who did they hand over to? That wasn’t too way back to not bear in mind or know.
“Were these worldwide passports handed over to sure highly effective individuals in authorities, as is being speculated, who’re utilizing their powers and affect to additional detain the Sheikh and his spouse thereby denying them the liberty granted by the Nation’s courts? We hope this isn’t one other evil machination of these within the corridors of energy in Nigeria to disclaim the couple entry to medical therapy.
“We want to remind most people that for the previous virtually six years, medical studies have indicated that their well being situation has deteriorated and as such wanted to journey abroad for therapy. That was the premise for the Kaduna state excessive courtroom granting them medical go away which was later scuttled by the federal government in 2018.
“Muslim brothers and sisters of the Islamic Movement and different lovers of justice internationally are getting agitated as soon as once more due to these obnoxious developments together with what seems to be putting the duo beneath home arrest by Buhari regime.
“Hence, we name on the worldwide group to prevail on the federal government to launch the passports of Sheikh Zakzaky and his spouse. We urge the Federal Government to launch their passports to them or situation new ones to them, which is able to allow them to journey to the hospital of their selection with none additional delay.”
Justice Gideon Kurada of the Kaduna State High Court acquitted and discharged the chief of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and his spouse, Zeenat Ibrahim who’ve been standing trial within the courtroom for the previous 4 years.
El-Zakzaky and his spouse, Zeenat, had stood trial on eight counts bordering on alleged culpable murder, illegal meeting, disruption of the general public peace, amongst others.
The couple has been in detention since 2015, after IMN supporters clashed with troopers in Zaria, Kaduna.