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Court grants El-Zakzaky’s request to travel abroad for medical treatment

Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Shiites).

The Federal High Court in Kaduna on Monday granted Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Shiites), permission to travel to India for medical treatment.

El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, had through their lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, approached the court, to compel the government to allow them travel abroad for treatment following injuries sustained from the 2015 attack by operatives of the Nigerian Army.

The Federal Government had few days ago obtained a court order issued by Justice Nkeonye  Maha of an Abuja Federal High Court to proscribe his (El-Zakzaky) group. Consequently, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government declared the Shiites group a terrorist organisation and warned against associating with the group.

The ban on the group came following the Shiites protest in Abuja which turned violent as they clashed with operatives of the Nigeria Police. The clash led to the death of the Abuja Deputy Commissioner of Police, Usman Umar; Precious Owolabi, an NYSC member serving with Channels TV; and about 11 Shiites who were shot dead by the police.

The group were protesting the incarceration of their leader since 2015 by the Buhari-led government even against court orders for his release.

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