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Govt Urged To Return Passports To El-Zakzaky And Wife

Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

August 13, (THEWILL) – A group under the auspices of Concerned Abuja Residents (CAR) on Thursday alleged that the Federal Government is withholding the international passports of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh El-Zakzaky and his wife, Malama Zeenat.

Briefing newsmen on Thursday in Abuja, CAR Chairman, Abdul Ayide, said the development is delaying the duo from travelling abroad for medical treatment.

Ayide urged President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and allow them travel to the hospital of their choice because their health is deteriorating.

The release of their passports, CAR said, will help sustain the calm and peace in Abuja.

A source close to El-Zakzaky, who confirmed the development, said the couple needs to travel urgently for medical treatment.

“I can confirm to you that the government is still withholding their passports and urgent steps need to be taken for El-Zakzaky and his wife to travel for treatment”, the source said.

THEWILL reports that the cleric, along with his wife, was discharged and acquitted on July 28, 2021 by a High Court on charges of culpable homicide by Justice Gideon Kurada for lack of merit.