The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomom Arase has disclosed to members of the special committee of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, that Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, the spiritual leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria is currently receiving treatment in an undisclosed medical facility being guarded by the police.
NSCIA had last week constituted a seven-man committee, with Daud Naibi as chairman and Ishaq Oloyede, Muzammil Hanga, Abubakar Tsav, Ibrahim Suleiman, Yusuf Ali and Abubakar Siddique as members. The committee was given the responsibility of meeting with all parties involved in the clash and report back to the council.
The NSCIA delegates during the meeting with the Inspector-General and all the Deputy Inspectors General of Police, Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commissioners of Police at the Force Headquarters in Abuja sought to know the whereabouts of El-Zakzaky. The delegates also requested the police boss to allow the bodies of those killed in the clash to be released to their families for burial, while demanding to know the exact number of those killed and injured in the clash and wanted access to the injured.
IGP Solomon Arase in his response, said he would revert to the NSCIA after seeking permission on the best response to the delegation’s requests. He also told the delegates that the Shi’ite leader was in police custody receiving treatment, but could not yet grant anyone access to him until his health improves. He further assured the delegation that El-Zakzaky was doing well and not under any life-threatening condition.
The police boss also disclosed that after El-Zakzaky’s recuperation, he would have to seek “orders from the above” before allowing the NSCIA delegation access to the sect leader.
Omolara Adegoke- Abuja
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