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UPDATE: DSS release El-Zakzaky, wife to travel abroad

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The Department of State Services (DSS) has released the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky to travel abroad for medical treatment.

Sheikh El-Zakzaky was released last night to the relief of family members and the Shiites movement.

Justice Darius Khobo of Kaduna State High Court had, on Monday, granted the Shiites’ leader and his wife Zeenat leave to travel to India for medical attention.

The DSS action was contained in a statement by its Public Relations Officer (PRO), Dr. Peter Afunanya.

The statement reads: “This is to inform the public that the Department of State Services (DSS) has received the order granting Ibrahim El-Zakzaky leave to travel to India for medical treatment.

“Consequently, the Service is liaising with relevant stakeholders to ensure compliance. Conformity with the order is in line with the Service’s avowed commitment to the Rule of Law inherent in a democracy.”

A top security source added: “All the conditions set by a High Court in Kaduna will be complied with. The top most condition is that he must return to Nigeria for trial.”

In granting the leave, the court said that El Zakzaky and his wife are to go on medical leave under the supervision or the state.

Reacting, the IMN in a statement issued shortly after the court ruling by Chairman, Free Zakzaky Campaign Committee, Abdurrahman Abubakar Yola, described the ruling as a victory for their dogged determination and perseverance in the face of extreme persecution.

The IMN statement reads in part: “Today (Monday 05/08/19), we obtained a favourable judgement in the ruling on specifically seeking for the court’s permission to allow Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife, Malama Zeenat Ibrahim to seek urgent medical treatment outside this country.

“This ruling is not only a vindication that leaving all doors open to obtain favourable outcomes works, but it is a victory for our dogged determination, patience and perseverance in the face of extreme persecution. It is a victory for truth and justice against tyranny and impunity.

“As a result of all these physical and psychological stresses, the Sheikh suffered series of mild strokes and is at the risk of further recurrences.”

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