El-Zakzaky returns from India, moved to DSS detention

Within a space of four days, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat jetted out of Nigeria to India for medical attention only to return Friday morning.

The couple left Nigeria on Monday, August 12 arriving India the next day but returned Friday.

The Islamic sect leader had complained about the condition in which he was placed in the Asian country saying that security around him was too tight worse than Kirikiri, Nigeria’s maximum security prison in Lagos.

El-Zakzaky arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja onboard Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350-941 flight number ET911 at about 11:41am.

However, upon arrival, El-Zakzaky was whisked away by operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) far removed from the arrival hall where journalists were stationed and awaiting his arrival.

Sources at the airport said he was taken away at the tarmac when the plane taxied to a stop and drove him away through the presidential wing.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government explained that misconduct exhibited by El-zakzaky was what necessitated his “repatriation.”

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Grace Isu Gekpe stated this in a statement in Abuja, Friday.

According to her, El-Zakzaky displayed total disrespect and complete loss of decorum for international procedures while in India stressing that he initiated contacts with a team of lawyers led by Ali Zia Kabir Chaudary and Gunjan Singh in that country.

The statement also said that El-Zakzaky also contacted some Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), such as the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) and other Shiite groups with the aim to seek asylum and eventually relocate to another country.

The statement also noted that El-Zakzaky’s actions in India demonstrated malicious intents that were capable of embarrassing the Governments of Nigeria and India.

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