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Nigerian govt wants to kill my father, El-Zakzaky’s daughter cries out

Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Badia Ibraheem Zakzaky, daughter of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, Ibraheem Zakzaky, expressed deep concern about her father’s health conditions after being transferred to the general prison ward.

“Three weeks ago, they (the Nigerian authorities) transferred Sheikh Zakzaky to the general prison, while he was not in good health conditions and have not allowed him to have his medication and visit doctors.

“They aim to martyr Sheikh Zakzaky and they bother and annoy our family very much,” Badia told AhlulBayt News Agency on Wednesday.

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Back in 2015, Nigerian security forces raided the city of Zaria, during which they detained Sheikh Zakzaky, who is in his mid-sixties.

The raid left more than 300 of his followers and three of his sons dead. The Sheikh lost one of his eyes; his wife also sustained serious injuries.

He has been kept in custody along with his wife and a large number of his followers ever since.

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On December 5, 2019, a High Court had ordered the Department of State Security Services, SSS, to transfer the cleric and his wife, Zinat, to the Correctional Center in Kaduna State.

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Members of the Shiite group had also raised an alarm over the move, saying that any attempt to take the couple anywhere other than a hospital will put them in further jeopardy.

The IMN said the facilities at the Kaduna Central Prison are dilapidated, adding that it was the same prison where some survivors of the December 2015 raid perished due to a lack of medical attention.

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Last year, the IMN accused the Nigerian government of having poisoned Zakzaky in jail after “large and dangerous quantities of lead and cadmium have been found in his blood”.

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Last August, in an exclusive interview with FNA, Dr. Pourrahim Najafabadi, MD, said Sheikh Zakzaky needs to be cured by an experienced medical team of physicians in a specialized multi-specialty hospital outside Nigeria, since there is no such medical center in the African country.

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