Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

El-Zakzaky is Alive and in Stable Condition - DSS

El-Zakzaky is Alive and in Stable Condition - DSS

The Department of State Services (DSS) said yesterday that the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, is not dead, contrary to rumours.

The clarification by the DSS on El-Zakzaky's health condition came on the heels of speculations of his worsening state of health and rumours of death. The journalists moved towards him.

"Part of their evil plot involved spreading false news of the alleged death of our leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky due to illness on a fake Facebook page".

Reacting separately, he said the bullet in El-Zakzaky's wife's body is yet to be removed.

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The leader of Nigeria's Shi'ite Muslim sect, rumoured to have died in detention, made his first public appearance in two years on Saturday, after police arrested dozens of members of the group during protests calling for his release this week.

The cleric and his wife had sustained gunshot wounds during their arrests.

Speaking on the issue, the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Lai Muhammad stated earlier that Mr El-Zakzaky was still being held on the grounds of national security.

"He has lost an eye; he is in the process of losing the other one".

El-Zakzaky's incarceration by the federal government has continued to receive knocks and criticisms across the country. From Monday to Wednesday, IMN members protested in the capital, with police arresting 52 people without specifying charges.

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