“Instead of acceding to my request, the State Security Service misinformed Sheik El-Zakzaky and his wife of the readiness of the Federal government to release them after a media parade to assure the Shia community that the Sheik is alive and well.”

Femi Falana, the lawyer of the detained leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, said this on Sunday.

The detained leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, was tricked by the State Security Service, SSS, to make an appearance before the media to douse tension over his rumoured death, his lawyer has said.

The lawyer, Femi Falana, said El-Zakzaky, who made a brief media appearance on Saturday, was clearly ill despite SSS claims that he was in good health.

The Shiite leader has been in detention for more than two years without trial, despite a court order directing his release.

Falana said he had asked the federal government to release the IMN leader and his wife for medical attention after rumours of Zakzaky’s death.

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“Instead of acceding to my request the State Security Service misinformed Sheik El-Zakzaky and his wife of the readiness of the Federal government to release them after a media parade to assure the Shia community that the Sheik is alive and well,” he said in a statement on Sunday.

“Hence, they agreed to the media parade which lasted for one minute and 20 seconds (yesterday) in an undisclosed detention custody at Abuja.”

Falana gave more details about El-Zakzaky’s health, and also disclosed that his wife’s condition was worse.

The IMN leader and his wife were arrested on December 14, 2015 in Zaria following a clampdown on Shiites by the Nigerian Army.

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