- Depart Abuja 6pm today
Baring any last minute hitches, Leader of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, are bound for their medical trip to India today, (Monday), August 23, 2019.
The couple, who arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Monday morning, preparatory for the trip, were scheduled to fly out of the Nigerian capital by 6pm local time
Chairman of the Free El-Zakzaky Campaign Committee of IMN, Abdulrahman Abubakar, confirmed this development to Vanguard, assuring that everything is going according to plan.
According to Abubakar, “The Sheikh and his wife arrived Abuja this (Monday) morning. They would be departing for India around 6pm this evening.”
Asked if IMN complied with the fresh conditions by Kaduna State Government on El-Zakzaky’s medical trip to India, Abubakar replied: “Is Governor El-Rufai the court? Is he the one detaining the Sheikh and his wife? We do not regard his conditions as important.”
The Campaign Committee Chairman, however, promised to release a press statement detailing information about the trip to India.
The medical trip is coming on the heels of the Kaduna State High Court order which granted them leave to undergo treatment at an Indian hospital of their choice.
The order followed an application by El-Zakzaky’s counsel and human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), urging the Court to allow them travel for treatment due to their deteriorating health condition.
In granting the leave on Monday, August 5, Justice Darius Khobo stated that the IMN leader and his wife would be accompanied abroad by officials of the Kaduna State Government.
The couple’s trial is expected to resume immediately on their return from the medical trip. – Vanguard