These Are The People Escorting El-zakzaky To India Today
The people escorting El-Zakzaky to India today
by IBRAHIM SHA’ABAN
The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, otherwise known as Shi’ites, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky will leave Nigeria for India alongside wife and a couple of family members and three security operatives, DAILY NIGERIAN has learnt.
Last week, Justice Darius Khobo of Kaduna State High Court granted Mr El-Zakzaky and wife leave to seek medical attention in New Delhi, India.
The court ordered that they be released to go to the hospital and return for the continuation of their trial after their discharge from the hospital.
Spokesman for the State Security Service, SSS, Peter Afunnaya later released a statement, saying the service would comply with the order.
Against speculations that the Shi’ite leader would travel in “a privately chartered aircraft”, insiders told DAILY NIGERIAN that he would travel in first class cabin of Emirates.
The Shii’te leader is currently at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja awaiting to board Emirates Flight EK786 to Dubai enroute to India at 6pm today, sources familiar with the travel arrangements told this newspaper.
Insiders told DAILY NIGERIAN that Mr El-Zakzaky appeared strong today as he was escorted into the airport, but his wife came in motorised wheelchair.
The sources said there is probability that National Intelligence Agency, NIA and foreign service officials will also join them at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, India.
Mr El-Zakzaky and wife will be escorted by his son Muhammad, family doctor Ramatu Abubakar, a family friend Zainab Hamid, two SSS operatives and a police doctor.
The Kaduna State government last week laid out seven conditions for Mr El-Zakzaky to meet before he is allowed to travel out, but it is not clear whether the Shi’ite leader met the conditions.
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