El-Zakzaky Is Not Dead - DSS
The rumoured death of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Mr Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, is not true, the Department of State Services (DSS) has said.
Rumours spread on Friday that the man had died, with security issues highlighted in messages that bore the information.
A Whatsapp message received by a staff of Bounce News read: "SECURITY ALERT : Shitt Leader in custody since last year by President Buhari is Dead.
"He died in custody early hours of today, as a result, the shitt group nation wide threatens a violent protest after Jumma't prayer today. Pls be informed and also spread this info to family, friends and loved ones".
If this is not true as the DSS claimed, could this be hate speech or false alarm? It is worrisome that again, the social media which the government plans to regulate bares this information.
In its report, Daily Post quoted the Counsel to the detained Shiite leader, Mr Femi Falana, as saying that the man is alive, but terribly ill.
An official of the DSS who preferred to remain anonymous had told reporters in Abuja that that El-Zakzaky was hale and
El-zakzakky was arrested in 2015 after his members had a confrontation with the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai in Zaria, Kaduna State.
He has been in detention since then.
Also Read: El-Zakzaky Suffers Stroke In Detention
It was reported on January 11 that El-Zakzaky suffered a suspected stroke.
The 68-year-old reportedly speaks with a slur and can no longer stand for prayers, and is on the verge of losing his eyesight.