Ibrahim El-Zakzaky
Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

Nigerian government said on Friday the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who left the country for medical treatment in India, has returned to Nigeria.

The Nigerian government explained the circumstances that led to “repatriation” of the leader of the proscribed group from India on Friday.

Grace Gekpe, a senior government spokesperson, said in a statement issued in Abuja that the acts of misconduct exhibited by El-Zakzaky in India necessitated his repatriation.

Gekpe said El-Zakzaky’s actions in India demonstrated “malicious intents that were capable of embarrassing the governments of Nigeria and India.”

“With total disrespect and complete loss of decorum for international procedures, while in India, he initiated contacts with a team of lawyers in that country,” Gekpe said.

According to Gekpe, he also contacted some non-governmental organizations such as the Islamic Human Rights Commission and other Shiite groups. “His aim was to seek asylum and eventually relocate to another country,” she said.

According to her, El-Zakzaky used the opportunity of being in India to attempt to internationalize his cause by mobilizing the right groups.

She added that the most unfortunate and embarrassing was his quest to be relocated to a five-star hotel to receive visitors instead of being admitted in the hospital as a sick person he claimed to be.

El-Zakzaky, who is facing charge of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disturbance of public peace, was granted leave for medical treatment by a court on Aug. 5.

Nigeria officially outlaws IMN by the end of July, saying the activities of the IMN had over time evolved to constitute a grave threat to national security, law and order, socio-religious harmony, peace, good governance and the sovereign integrity of Nigeria.

El-Zakzaky was first arraigned on May 15, 2018. Enditem

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