The Department of State Services has on Friday in Abuja said that the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, is not dead, contrary to rumours.
An official of the service who preferred to remain anonymous told the News Agency of Nigeria that El-Zakzaky was hale and hearty.
El-Zakzaky was arrested in 2015 after his members had a confrontation with the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai in Zaria, Kaduna State.
53 of his followers were arrested on Wednesday by the Police in Abuja following a violent protest.
Since the arrest and detention of the group’s leader, his followers had organised series of protests in some cities in the country calling for his release.