Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky,as he described his plight in custody as well as that of his wife, and the government officials’ failure to issue their passports.
The Shiite leader charged President Muhammadu Buhari’s government of refusing to allow him to receive medical attention overseas despite the fact that he had toxic gunshot fragments spread all over his body.
He added that when Lai Mohammed declared millions were allocated for himself and his wife’s wellbeing while in custody, he wasn’t exaggerating.
The money, according to the Islamic cleric, was reportedly redirected by the DSS.
He said, “Actually, we were not given the opportunity to tell the real story while we were in detention because the people who were detaining us made things difficult for us. The real truth is that all through our detention we fed ourselves. Since the time we reached Kaduna, after we were released, nobody gave us a single bottle of water! We were feeding ourselves.
“Even during our stay in Abuja, we were feeding ourselves. But this is something that cannot be disclosed because it was illegal. Legally, they were supposed to feed us. But they didn’t want anybody to hear that we were feeding ourselves. For the entire five years, seven months that we were in detention, we fed ourselves; nobody gave us a bottle of water!
“We were even paying electricity and water bills while in detention. We were paying also for the fuel to power the generator. We bought our own generator in Abuja, even when we were in detention and we were buying fuel to run it.
“He (Lai Mohammed) was actually not lying. The DSS told him so. But what I learnt was that about N4million was taken out of the FIRS coffers for our feeding every month. But that money was going to their pocket; not a single kobo was given to or spent on us. It is true that they were taking the money out of the treasury but they did not spend it on our feeding. It is a lie that they were feeding us with this money.”