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Family: We’ve paid millions as ransom to get medication across to El-Zakzaky

The family of leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibraheem El-Zakzaky has alleged that a heavy ransom has been paid to get medication across to him.

Younger brother of the detained IMN leader, Badamasi Ya’akub said this while addressing a press conference on behalf of the family in Abuja.

He dismissed the claim of the Department of State Services (DSS) that the religious leader is being well taken care of in detention.

Last week, spokesman of DSS, Peter Afunanya, had listed El-Zakzaky among some detainees who chose to remain in DSS custody rather than being moved to Correctional facility.

Afunanya also said the detainees were allowed to have access to television, newspapers gymnasium, telephone and medical facilities.

But Ya’akub accused the secret police of misleading the public with the “outlandish remarks”.

“Last Friday the 15th of November, another statement was released by a public relations officer of the State Security Service in which justifications were offered for the continued illegal detention of what they referred to as notable Nigerians,” he said.

“With the names of Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, Colonel Sambo Dasuki and Omoyele Sowore were specifically mentioned.

“The claim is that the SSS runs what can be best described as 5 star level of accommodations of international standards, for its illegally detained detainees; at the detainee’s explicit request.

“Detention centres that are preferable to all forms of correctional centres; designed to host alleged criminals.

According to them, these imprisoned individuals have food and water provided by their families. Gymnasium facilities to exercise with and keep in shape.

“The facilities provide access to people and phones for communication, daily newspapers and television to remain up to date, and pristine and prompt medical facilities to ensure standard healthcare and welfare in accordance with international standards. All these luxuries are of a matter of course at the Service’s expense; which is to say at Nigerian’s expense.

“This is yet another in a long line of outlandish claims made by the ‘Service’ to justify its documented role as enforcers of law-breaking in the service of this lawless administration, led by President Muhammadu Buhari.”

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