The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shi’ites, on Monday raised the alarm over the deteriorating health condition of its spiritual leader, Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and wife, Zeenatuddeen, currently in the custody of the Department of State Security, DSS.
The Chairman of the Resource Forum of the sect, Abdullahi Danladi, raised the alarm while addressing journalists in Kaduna.
According to Danladi, a Professor of Textile Technology at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, the Shi’ite leader was in dire need of medical attention following life-threatening injuries he sustained last December’s clash between El-Zakzaky’s followers and soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna State.
He said: “While the security agents recently told a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that they were detaining him (El-Zakzaky) with his consent in protective custody and that they had spent close to N5 million on him, evidence glaringly point to the contrary, that the Sheikh is being held and allowed to gradually loose his sight and die in detention”.
The Resource Forum of the sect said in addition to the life-threatening gunshot injuries sustained by Mr. Zakzaky, his blood pressure was almost spiraling out of control and might result in death if not urgently attended to.
“There is also a complicated wound on his stomach which he sustained during his 1987 incarceration in Kirikiri”, Mr. Danladi said.
The don noted that the sect leader’s wife also has a bullet lodged in her spinal cord and if not urgently removed, she might suffer paralysis.
He, therefore, called on the authorities to give the El-Zakzakys urgent medical attention in view of the apparent danger they were facing.
“The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) is deeply concerned about the health of our incarcerated leader and believes that it is in the interest of the Nigerian state, and those holding him, to release him unconditionally to enable him attend to his health”, Prof. Danladi pleaded.