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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