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Shiite Leader, El-Zakzaky, Lost Left Eye, Left Hand Paralysed, Says lawyers

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He told us how the soldiers invaded his home and how they killed his followers. In fact, he told us that the soldiers after killing many outside, forced their way into his house, opened the door and meeting them inside, they closed the door again and started shooting sporadically at their direction

Counsels to the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, otherwise known as Shiites, disclosed on Wednesday that the leader of the Movement, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, was being detained at the headquarters of the Department of State Security (DSS) in Abuja.

At a news conference in Kaduna, the IMN counsels Barrister Festus Okoye and Maxwell Kyon disclosed that El-Zakzaky had lost his left eye while his left hand is partially paralysed, adding that they could hardly recognised him when they met him in detention.

According to him, the Shiite leader now walks with a limp, saying El-Zakzaky had become a complete shadow of himself after the clash with the Nigerian Army in Zaria in December 12, 2015.
Okoye revealed further that El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, were fatally shot by soldiers who raided their Gyallesu residence in the wake of the bloody clash which left several members of the movement dead.

Kyon who also disclosed that Zakzakys wife, was shot thrice in the abdomen said, the Shiite leader and his wife were subjected to all forms of inhuman treatment by men of the Nigerian Army.

In his words, We met with Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky at DSS custody. Initially, the SSS guys wanted to stay with us while we discuss with him, but we insisted that we must see him alone. Later they maintained a reasonable distance and we were able to speak with him.

He told us how the soldiers invaded his home and how they killed his followers. In fact, he told us that the soldiers after killing many outside, forced their way into his house, opened the door and meeting them inside, they closed the door again and started shooting sporadically at their direction.

He told us that, they would have killed him in the process, but his followers formed a shield around him and his wife, preventing many bullets from reaching him and the wife. At the end, all those that protected them died.

The Malam and his wife also sustained bullet injuries. The wife was shot thrice in the abdomen, while one of the bullets hit Zakzaky on his left eye, he narrated.

Talking about medical treatment given to Zakzaky, Barrister Kyon said: against the speculation that the IMN leader was flown abroad for treatment, Malam told us that he was never taken out of the country.

He told us that they were only taken to 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna. And there, he said his wife was not given any form of anaesthesia, some soldiers just held her and forcefully removed the bullets from her abdomen.

The only place they were flown to for medical treatment apart from Abuja was Lagos, where they were trying to make sure his remaining eye sees clearly. He explained.

However, Kyon said that, as at the time of the Counsels visit to El-Zakzaky, he could not identify them clearly, except with the help of his wife who was helping him to identify the visitors one after the other.

In fact, we went with a member of the movement whom the Malam was very familiar with, but on getting there, he could not identify the person. That goes to show you how bad his vision has become. He explained.

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Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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