SWITZERLAND, AUGUST 16 – It appears that the medical trip of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem el-Zakzaky to India has been cut short abruptly, amidst fresh dispute between him and the Federal Government over the modalities of the trip.
El-Zakzaky had accused the Federal government in connivance with the American and Indian governments, of frustrating his treatment in India and imposing unacceptable conditions for his treatment.
Today’s Echo also gathered that the cleric was uncomfortable with the tight security around him, complaining that he felt unsafe without his doctors supervising the medical procedures in the hospital.
Today’s Echo reported that the Federal Government had responded to the IMN leader’s allegation, accusing him of seeking special treatment and going outside of the stipulated modalities for his medical trip
Today’s Echo gathered that barely 96 hours after landing in New Delhi for medical treatment, leader , El-Zakzaky has reportedly discharged himself from the Medenta Hospital and is now on his way back to Nigeria.
The President, Media Forum of IMN, Ibrahim Musa, said that El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, who were airborne as of the time of speaking with our Correspondent on Thursday evening, left New Delhi around 5:00 p.m. Nigerian time, heading back to the country.
Musa, in a statement, blamed the Federal Government for scuttling the IMN leader’s planned treatment.
Musa said, “Following lack of a breakthrough in the impasse that ensued in the treatment in New Delhi of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, it is now confirmed that the Sheikh is on his way back to Abuja.
However, a report by Thisday newspaper countered Musa’s statement on the reason for El-zakzaky’s premature departure from India.
According to the newspaper, the report is based on concrete evidence by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).
According to the report, Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, had secured the services of some human rights lawyers in India to file a court case today to restrain the federal government from bringing him and his wife back to Nigeria, the federal government with the support of the Indian government yesterday afternoon moved to return the cleric and his wife, Zeenah, back to Nigeria.
According to Thisday, presidency sources on Thursday night had revealed that the federal government had to move fast to avoid the legal ambush since el-Zakzaky’s plot only confirmed the intelligence agency’s initial information that the cleric’s insistence on foreign medical treatment was a decoy to escape prosecution in the country.
This means that, contrary to what was earlier reported, El-Zakzaky’s homecoming was at the behest of the federal government.
Today’s echo gathers that while the cleric and his wife travelled to India on Emirates Airlines on their own tickets, they would arrive in Abuja Friday afternoon on Ethiopian Airlines on tickets purchased by the government.