Sheikh El-Zakzaky Flown To France For Treatment After Intervention Of OBJ And Sultan Of Sokoto

The embattled religious leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakyzaky, was flown out of Nigeria for treatment for gunshots wounds he suffered during the conflict between his supporters and members of the Nigerian Army last year. The security sources revealed this to The Republican News reporter in Abuja.

It could be recalled that during the bloody confrontation between the Shiites and the Nigerian Army, many members including six of his sons were killed, while several others sustained various degrees of injuries with some still hospitalized in the Teaching Hospital in Shika near Zaria.


The conflict took place when members of the sect allegedly blocked the Zaria-Sokoto road and stopped the convoy of the Chief Of Army staff from passing through, irrespective of many requests. Their leader reportedly  sustained several gun shot injuries, with some reports saying that one of his eyes was affected during the encounter.

Long after the incident, the whereabouts of the religious group leader have been shrouded in secrecy until it was revealed that he was moved from Kaduna to  a safe hose in Abuja belonging to one of the security services.

Many security sources who are very conversant with the matter, revealed to the media yesterday that due to seriousness of the injuries he sustained, he was secretly flown to France by the Nigerian government few weeks ago for treatment before being returned to the country two weeks ago.

“It is true that the federal government flew him out of the country for treatment. He was stabilized before he was brought back to Nigeria. The government did not want to take chances by keeping him in the country. We did not want a repeat of the incident with the late leader of the boko haram movement whose death in custody exacerbated the crisis in North East” said one of the sources.


One other security source said that the decision to fly El-Zakzaky out of the country came after the intervention of some highly placed Nigerians, including the ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, and the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar. They cautioned that allowing the Shiite leader to die in custody would have serious implications for the security in the country.

The spokesman of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim Musa, confirmed to the media that members of the NSCIA committee confirmed to the IMN that their leader was alive, after being treated for gun shot wounds in France and that he is recovering in Abuja.





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