Nobody Wants El-Zakzaky As Neighbour – Lai Mohammed

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Shiites walk along a street during a protest calling for the release of their leader Malam El-Zakzaky in Kano, Nigeria, December 21, 2015 REUTERS/Stringer EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE - RTX1ZNKV

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has said that the reason the leader of the Islamic Movement In Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, is still in protective custody is due to the inability of the federal government to build a house for him.

According to the Minister, the court ruled that El-Zakzaky be released after his house has been rebuilt.

He explained that nobody in the country wants to accept him as a neighbour, adding that the federal government decided to keep him in a safe place in Abuja.

Mohammed maintained that contrary to reports, the Shiite leader, who was arrested by the Army in December 2015, is not in prison, Department of State Services or police custody.

Rather, he said El-Zakzaky is in protective custody with his family, adding that the Federal government cannot be accused of disobeying court orders with regards to the Shiite leader and the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd).

Speaking during an interview with Seun Okinbaloye of ‘Politics Today’ on Channels Television which was monitored by DAILY POST, Lai Mohammed said:

“I think there is a lot of deliberate misunderstanding on these issues. Number one, if a judgment is given and that judgment is appealed, you cannot accuse the government of violating that order if the appeal has not been decided.

“Two, in the case of El-Zakzaky, how many Nigerians know that El-Zakzaky is not in prison custody, police custody nor DSS custody? El-Zakzaky is in a house with his family. This is the honest truth.

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