Nigeria’s shi’ite leader El-Zakzaky flies to India after years in detention

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WASHINGTON (TODAY NEWS AFRICA USA) – After more than four years in detention, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and wife, were on their way to India on Monday afternoon to seek medical treatment.

Zakzaky and wife were arrested in December 2015 when Nigerian soldiers stormed their residence in the northern state of Kaduna and killed hundreds of shi’ite followers.

A Nigerian newspaper quoted an associate of El-Zakzaky as saying that the shi’ite leader arrived at the Abuja international airport in the Nigerian capital, and would be flown on a private chartered aircraft to India.

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“I can confirm that he is on his way to India today in a chartered aircraft,” the associate, who is a member of Mr El-Zakzaky’s medical team, told local newspaper PREMIUM TIMES.

The trip comes a week after Mr El-Zakzaky was granted bail by a Kaduna State High Court to travel to India for medical treatment.

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