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El-Zakza­ky Breaks Bail Terms in India — FG

The fed­er­al gov­ern­ment last night alleged that the Leader of the Islam­ic Move­ment in Nige­ria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakza­ky has breached the bail con­di­tions that grant­ed him leave to pro­ceed to India for treat­ment.

A state­ment signed by the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary of Min­istry of Infor­ma­tion, Dea­coness Grace Isu Gekpe, said El-Zakza­ky made demands for his inter­na­tion­al pass­port, insist­ing that he should be out in a five-star hotel.

The state­ment not­ed that the leader of the IMN demand­ed free move­ment and access to “all kinds of vis­i­tors.”

It said his antics infu­ri­at­ed the Indi­an gov­ern­ment to the point that they were will­ing to fly him back to Nige­ria.

The state­ment alleged that on reach­ing Dubai on their trip to India, El-Zakza­ky began to dis­play ulte­ri­or motives against laid down pro­ce­dures”.

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”.

The state­ment not­ed fur­ther that “in addi­tion, he demand­ed free move­ment and access to vis­i­tors of all kinds as well as request­ed to be allowed to check into a 5‑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”.

Against med­ical ethics and stan­dard prac­tice, he request­ed to nom­i­nate doc­tors of his choice to join the ones tasked by Medan­ta Hos­pi­tal to per­form med­ical treat­ment on him and his wife.”

This cre­at­ed a stale­mate, which the Hos­pi­tal insist­ed that he would not dic­tate to it on the choice of med­ical per­son­nel to car­ry the required med­ical treat­ment”.

The state­ment stat­ed that “frus­trat­ed by his antics, the Indi­an author­i­ties have expressed will­ing­ness to return him to Nige­ria with imme­di­ate effect.

This is on the account that they will not allow him use their coun­try to inter­na­tion­alise his group’s activ­i­ties

Against this back­ground, the Niger­ian gov­ern­ment wish­es to com­mend the stand of the Indi­an Gov­ern­ment as well as apol­o­gize to her for the unruly behav­iour of El-Zakza­ky. Sim­i­lar­ly, the atten­tion of the pub­lic and indeed the inter­na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty is here­by drawn to these unfor­tu­nate devel­op­ments”.

The gov­ern­ment also wish­es to use this oppor­tu­ni­ty to affirm its readi­ness to under­take the pros­e­cu­tion of El-Zakza­ky through due process if and when he is returned to the coun­try. On this note, his foul cry that he is being held in cir­cum­stances worse than he was in Nige­ria should be dis­re­gard­ed”, it said.

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