The leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Ibrahim Elzakzaky, has been granted permission to travel to abroad for medical treatment. The permission was granted by a high court in Kaduna state on Monday, August 5. The court permitted El-Zakzaky to travel to India for treatment, Vanguard reports. Recall that the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan had asked the federal government to respect the order of the court and release El-Zazaky, from detention.
Onaiyekan called for the release of El-Zakzaky during a press conference on Tuesday, July 30 in Abuja to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his priesthood. He said that the best way to address any infraction of the law by members of the religious group is to prosecute such persons following the due process of law and not to apply extra judiciary methods.
Nigerian authorities received the request in a letter written by the Iranian prosecutor-general, Mohammed Montazeri on Saturday, July 20.