Nigerian Shiite leader, El-Zakzaky, not dead — Lawyer

Ibraheem El-Zakzaky
Ibraheem El-Zakzaky

The detained leader of a Nigerian Shiites group, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, is alive but seriously ill, his lawyer has said.

The lawyer, Femi Falana, was responding to rumours of Mr. El-Zakzaky’s death, more than two years after he was detained by the Nigerian government.

Rumours of the death of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria spread on the social media on Friday, hours after the latest rounds of protests by his followers, demanding his release, held in Abuja.

Mr. El-Zakzaky and his wife have been detained without trial since December 2015.

They sustained gunshot wounds during their arrests, his lawyer said.

Mr. Falana said the bullet in Mr. El-Zakzaky’s wife’s body is yet to be removed.

“Clinically he (El-Zakzaky) is not dead yet. But he is very very sick,” Mr. Falana said.

“He has lost an eye, he is in the process of losing the other one. He has developed stroke in detention.

“Bullets in the wife’s body have not been removed since 2015,” he added.

He accused the government of violating the fundamental rights of the detainees.

“Regulation 12 of the Prisons Act that law has been there since 1917; even convicts can be handed over to their families for treatment when the state can no longer provide such,” he said.

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 the release of their leader and his wife.

‘El-Zakzaky is alive and stable’

Meanwhile, a security source quoted by PRNigeria, a platform that circulates statements from security agencies, claimed on Friday that Mr. El-Zakzaky was “alive and stable”.

“As I am speaking to you now Sheikh ElZakzaky and his wife are alive and stable.

“They observe their regular prayers and are in stable condition.

“The peddlers of rumours claiming he is dead are mischievous, undesirable elements engaging in the antics for ulterior motives.

“While it is out of place to say more than this, Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife are accorded respects and some privileges including occasional communication.

“Therefore the message being circulated to the effect that there would violence as a result of his death is unfounded and misleading and should be disregarded,” the source said.


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  • Right Minded

    He is CLINICALLY alive according to Ogbeni Falana…meaning he is being sustained by either a life support machine which can be pulled off anytime or he is in a natural coma. The Northern Nigeria should brace up for a deadly war crisis brewing among the Shiite and the Sunnis. God is not asleep. It is high time the Southern Christians leaving in the North to start thinking of moving out of that “shithole” called North.

    • forestgee

      Incompetence has given birth to wickedness. Vampires in charge

  • Otile

    God forgive sin. What Mohamed Buhari is doing to this man is called man’s inhumanity to man. Buhari wants to render El-Zakzaky completely useless in life. Which god is Imam Buhari worshipping, Baal or Beelzebub? Does Buhari plan to see God at all? His wickedness is stinking to hell. Nigerians will always remember Buhari’s cruelties with a shrug of shoulders.

  • Solomon Brown

    Islamic Republic of Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia fighting their turf wars through proxies in the heart of West Africa. It is shameful to watch Africans murder each other over Islam and then still have to deal with discrimination when they go to perform hajj, that is why I have made it my duty to always scream out loud, the fact that we have no friends on this boards and will continue to do so for as long as there is breath in my lungs. Same goes for the worshippers of Israel, you too are not absolved for failing to see the hypocrisy coming from these places.

  • Jon

    I do not see any reason for continued detention of an innocent man, other than pure hatred and wickedness. What is the offense of El-Zakzaky? Is he being persecuted because of his type of Islam? What?

  • bib

    Nigerians should know that the rumour about his death is part of the opposition 2019 campaign. They want to discredit PMB’s achievement on security by setting the country on fire. But they won’t succeed. God is good. He is with those who are good.