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Why we repatriated El-Zakzaky from India — FG

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The Federal Government said the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Ibraheem El-zakzaky exhibited misconduct while in India which necessitated his repatriation.

The Federal Government also alleged a plot by the IMN leader to seek asylum and eventually relocate to another country.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Grace Gekpe, in a statement on Friday explained that El-Zakzaky’s actions in India demonstrated malicious intents that were capable of embarrassing the governments of Nigeria and India adding that he had total disrespect and complete loss of decorum for international procedures while in India.

Gekpe further said the IMN leader initiated contacts with a team of lawyers led by Ali Zia Kabir Chaudary and Gunjan Singh in that country and also contacted some Non-Governmental Organisations, such as the Islamic Human Rights Commission and other Shiite groups.

“His aim was to seek asylum and eventually relocate to another country. It is important to note that if an Indian court had granted El-Zakzaky asylum or leave to travel to another country, it would have violated the Nigerian court order that granted him permission to travel for medical treatment”, she said.

“However, he used the opportunity of being in India to attempt to internationalise his cause by mobilising the Rights groups.”

The permanent secretary further explained that the most “unfortunate and rather embarrassing” as earlier stated, was El-Zakzaky’s quest to be relocated to a 5-Star hotel to receive visitors instead of being admitted in the hospital as a sick person he claimed to be.

She added thatt in spite of his misconduct, El-Zakzaky’s spouse went further to antagonize the Indian and Nigerian security agents and accused the latter of killing her children.

“These acts were aimed at winning international sympathy as well as disparaging the Nigerian government.

“Having subordinated the quest for medical treatment to other ulterior motives, it became obvious that El-Zakzaky was focused on realising some sinister motives, thus the decision to return him to Nigeria,” Gekpe said.


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