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Breaking: El-Zakzaky to be released by DSS



The Department of State Services (DSS) has given indication that it would release Shiite leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, following a court order permitting him to travel India for medical treatment.


A Kaduna State High Court, on Monday granted his bail application .

The Public Relations Officer of the DSS, Dr. Peter Afunanya stated the stand of the agency on El Zakzaky’s release in a statement in Abuja, this evening (Monday).

He said “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.”

Justice Darius Khobo while granting the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim Elzakzaky, leave to seek for medical attention in New Delhi, India. said he would travel in company of State officials.

He added that he must return immediately after his discharge from the hospital to face his charges.

El-Zakzaky  and his wife had applied to the court seeking to travel, following poor health while in detention. The State Director of Public Prosecution, Mr Dari Bayero, briefed newsmen, shortly after Monday’s ruling in Kaduna.

Bayero said “The context of the court ruling is that Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife are granted leave to travel out for urgent medical attention.

“The court looked through the medical reports filed and believed Mallam is indeed in dire need of medical attention. “This is not a bail, but a leave to travel. So as soon as his discharge from the hospital and he returns to the country , his trial will resume.”

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