While speaking on an interview yesterday, governor El-Rufai of Kaduna state has provided reasons why El-Zakzaky, cannot be set free, as well as clarified comments that FG spends N3.5m monthly on feeding the imprisoned Shia Muslim cleric.
El-Rufai, claimed that, El-Zakzaky, was not being held illegally as
widely reported. He also disclosed that the muslim leader was detained on the
orders of a competent court, being a suspect standing trial for multiple
murders and other related criminal offences.
El-Rufai while explaining the alleged 3.5million naira the government said they used in feeding El-Zakzaky, he said the money was not on feeding of the
Shi’ite leader but on everything related to his protective custody.
said El-Zakzaky is guarded by a detachment of soldiers and DSS
operatives who live in the place he is being kept and who are maintained
by the state government.
He said, “The N3.5 million monthly
feeding on El-Zakzaky is not only about his food, but other expenses on
security men attached to him.
“The security men are
permanently stationed with him, they surrounded where he is kept. He is
in custody because he is facing murder charge which is not bailable,
among other charges.
“As a government, we decided to proscribe
Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) of which El-Zakzaky is the president
because it is not registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission
“So, any procession in the name of IMN is illegal, as far as Kaduna State government is concerned.”