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I'm alive and well, El-Zakzaky speaks from DSS custody

13 January 2018

Palpable fear and apprehension generated by the widespread rumour of purported death in detention of the Leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim ElZakzaky, is a ruse, a top security source has confided in PRNigeria.

He also noted that contrary to reports, the Shiite leader was not in prison, the Department of State Services or police custody but was rather in protective custody with his family.

Below is a transcript from one-minute, 20 second interaction with Mr ElZakzaky with journalists at a "safe facility" in Abuja.

He walked towards the journalists in a white flowing gown with a turban.

The deserving glorious exit was for a good and exemplary life of worship and devotion, for which he had been identified with, as well as an unwavering faith and support for Sheikh Zakzaky and his cause.

Journalist: Do you have anything to add?

There had been rumors surrounding his well-being, with speculations that he may have died in detention.

This was corroborated by IMN spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, who, however, insisted that El-Zakzaky needs an urgent medical treatment overseas to save his life.

Members of the IMN group also known as Shiites have staged series of processions across the northern states demanding the release of their leaders.

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

I'm alive and well, El-Zakzaky speaks from DSS custody