El-Zakzaky makes public appearance after 2yrs in DSS detention

El- Zakzaky dismisses death rumors

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El-Zakzaky, in a brief chat with newsmen at an undisclosed location in Abuja, said he was alive and "feeling better".

The leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), popularly known as Shiite Group, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky who has been subject of death rumours in the custody of Department of State Services, DSS in the past few days spoke to journalists on Saturday.

Mr. El-Zakzaky said he had been allowed access to his personal physician for the first time, and thanked Nigerians for their prayers.

"So it was my own doctors who examined me".

Speaking on the issue, the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Lai Muhammad stated earlier that El-Zakzaky was still being held on the grounds of national security.

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Their continued detention has sparked several reactions from his supporters, the government and even human rights lawyer, Femi Falana.

"I am getting better, thanks to all your prayers", he told journalists.

"We have seen the one minute video, but what they should do is to obey the court order by freeing the Sheik so that he can go and look after his health", he said.

El-Zakzaky was arrested in 2015 after his members had a confrontation with the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. -Gen.

Since the arrest and detention of the group's leader, his followers have been holding a series of protests in some cities in the country, especially Abija calling for his release.

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