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El-Zakzaky makes first public appearance in over two years

14 January 2018, 03:55 | Lena Norman

Sheikh El-zakzaky Speaks with Press: 'I Feel Better', He Says

El- Zakzaky dismisses death rumors

PREMIUM TIMES was not invited to the meeting organised by the State Security Service, and could not independently confirm Mr. El-Zakzaky's appearance or condition. Before I used to be examined by the security doctors, but this time I did not agree, and my own doctors came to examine me.

Against the backdrop of his speculated death last week, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, yesterday, spoke from detention, saying he was feeling better.

"I am getting better, thanks to all your prayers", the IMN leader added.

Speaking on the issue, the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Lai Muhammad stated earlier that El-Zakzaky was still being held on the grounds of national security. The rumour was denied by his lawyer, Femi Falana.

Reacting separately, he said the bullet in El-Zakzaky's wife's body is yet to be removed.

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El-zakzaky has been in the custody of the Nigerian Army since members of the group clashed with the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen Tukur Burutai, on December 12, 2015.

At least 350 Shia members were killed in the onslaught which has elicited criticisms of the army by human rights groups, including Amnesty International.

The Federal Government has refused to obey the ruling of a Federal High Court which ordered their unconditional release in 2016.

His followers, who are also known as Shiites, have staged series of protests in some northern states, including Abuja, calling for his release.

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