By Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja
Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) on Friday raised the alarm over the deteriorating health condition of their leader, Shaikh El-Zakzaky and his wife, Malama Zeenat Ibraheem.
IMN said the duo needs urgent medical attention and may die in detention if the government does not act swiftly.
Kaduna State Government charged El-Zakzaky and his wife with eight counts bordering on culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of public peace.
El-Zakzaky has been in prison since 2015 when the Army killed hundreds of his supporters near his home in Zaria.
The two have remained in detention despite several court orders calling for their release.
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The government accused the IMN of not recognising the Nigerian constitution and authority.
His prolonged detention has fueled several protests by members of the Shiite movement in many Nigerian cities.
Briefing reporters in Abuja as part of activities to mark the 2,000 days in detention of El-Zakzaky and his wife, a top member of the IMN, Prof. Shahu Maigandi, alleged there are still bullets in El-Zakzaky’s body.
Maigandi vowed that protests will continue especially in Abuja until El-Zakzaky and his wife are released unconditionally.
He disclosed that about 78 protesters have so far been killed in Abuja during their daily protests.
His words: “The health of Shaikh El-Zakzaky and his wife in Kaduna prison is giving us serious cause for concern, as, of recent, Malama Zeenat Ibraheem contracted COVID-19.
‘’Their health deteriorates on a daily basis, as reliable information available to us reveals. In fact they need urgent medical attention.
“Therefore we have been staging protests for the unconditional release of our leader. On January 8, 2018 the protest was intensified in Abuja.
‘’Protest will continue until Shaikh El-Zakzaky is released unconditionally. We will also continue to push the case of the Zaria massacre at the International Criminal Court of Justice”.