El-Zakzaky accuses Nigeria, US of sabotaging his treatment

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He’s unruly – FG

LEADER of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim el- Zakzaky who was recently permitted to travel to India has accused the governments of Nigeria and United States of colluding to foil his freedom while receiving medical treatment at New Delhi’s Madenta Hospital.

The Muslim cleric disclosed this in a statement yesterday, released on his behalf by IMN, adding that Nigerian government was trying “to frustrate doctors from offering emergency treatment” to him.

According to him, this plan is being carried out by security agents that traveled with his entourage, stating that they are doing with connivance of foreign spies on covert intelligence for US government.

“Even as the doctors were enthusiastically waiting to receive the Sheikh to save his life, the American secret agents have threatened the hospital officials not to go ahead to treat the Sheikh at the hospital,” IMN said.

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The group solicited intervention from the international community to make Nigerian government stop toying with el-Zakzaky’ right to medical treatment of his choice.

Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife had been kept in custody since December 2015, when security forces killed more than 300 of IMN members during a raid on the city of Zaria.

But Federal Government reacted swiftly to the allegation from el-Zakzaky, explaining that he was violating the bail conditions granted to him and his wife by the Federal High Court, Kaduna.

A statement issued in Abuja yesterday by Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Information and Culture, Grace Gekpe, described El-Zakzaky’s claim as “a foul cry” that should be disregarded.

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“He requested that his passport be handed over to him but the state officials would not budge to his pressure. The situation became worse in India as he refused to subject himself to preliminary medical checks. In addition, he demanded free movement and access to visitors of all kinds as well as requested to be allowed to check into a five-star hotel instead of being admitted in the hospital.

The request was refused on the ground that he came into the country for medicals and not as a tourist (more so that his Visa was issued on medical grounds and not for tourism). He also demanded that police protection be withdrawn from him by the Indian authorities,” she said.

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According to Gekpe, it runs “against medical ethics and standard practice for el-Zakzaky to nominate doctors of his choice to join the ones tasked by Medanta Hospital to perform medical treatment on him and his wife.”

This, she added, created a stalemate, and the hospital insisted that he would not dictate to it on the choice of medical personnel to carry out the required medical treatment, adding that the Indian authorities have expressed willingness to return him to Nigeria with immediate effect, since he was frustrating his treatment by his antics.

Gekpe therefore commended the stand of the Indian Government as well as apologise to them for the what she called “unruly behavior” of El-Zakzaky.

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