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Kaduna govt tells El-Zakzaky to produce emir, prominent persons as sureties


The Kaduna State government has issued new conditions that should be complied with before Ibraheem El-Zakzaky leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and his wife, Zeenat, can be allowed to travel to India for medical treatment.

In a statement by Samuel Aruwan, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, on Wednesday, the state government said it would appeal the court’s decision granting El-Zakzaky and his wife leave to travel of Nigeria. It was reported that justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna High Court granted the IMN leader and wife leave to travel to India for treatment. Reacting to this ruling, the state government said: “The confirmation of his appointment with the hospital by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; an undertaking by the defendants to produce two prominent and reliable persons as sureties, one being a first-class chief/emir of national repute and the other a prominent person within Kaduna State, who shall undertake to produce the defendants whenever they are needed.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria shall obtain from the Government of India an irrevocable guarantee that it will not entertain any application by the defendants/applicants or any third party seeking asylum under any guise or conferring the status of political prisoners or any other status aside from being medical patients on the defendants/applicants and shall also restrain the defendants/applicants from any act inimical to the corporate existence of Nigeria. “Each of the defendants/applicants shall undertake in writing, endorsed by their counsel, that while on medical treatment in India, they shall do nothing to jeopardize the ongoing trial, the peace, and security of Nigeria and the laws of the Republic of India in whatever form.

“Security agents of the Federal Government of Nigeria shall escort the defendants/applicants and remain with them throughout the duration of their treatment in India and thereafter shall return with them after their discharge from the hospital. “The Nigerian High Commission in India shall undertake prior vetting and grant consent before any visitor has access to the defendants/applicants while in the Republic of India.”

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