The Federal Government has accused the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, of unruly behaviour in India.
The government made the allegation in a statement on Wednesday by the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Information and Culture, Grace Gekpe.
This is coming after claims by members of the IMN that their leader was being treated like a criminal under heavy security surveillance in India and worse circumstances than he was in Nigeria.
They also alleged that El-Zakzaky, who was flown to Medenta Hospital in New Delhi alongside his wife, Zenaat, was being caged and not allowed any form of freedom.
But the government dismissed the claims as false, describing the allegations as “foul cry”, stating that El-Zakzaky was allowed to embark on the trip with state officials in line with a court order, while his choice to be accompanied by his aides and personal doctors was not opposed.
The government said the IMN leader chose the hospital where he was admitted in India, but he began to display “ulterior motives” against laid down procedures, as he requested that his passport be handed over to him and declined to subject himself to preliminary medical checks.
The government accused the IMN leader of frustrating the Indian authorities which has threatened to return him to Nigeria with immediate effect.
It, however, commended the stand of the country and apologised to India, noting that El-Zakzaky’s prosecution would continue when he returns to the country.
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