The family of Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), has alleged that a heavy ransom has been paid to get medication across to him.
Badamasi Ya’akub, younger brother of the detained IMN leader, said this while addressing a press conference on behalf of the family in Abuja.
He dismissed the claim of the Department of State Services (DSS) that the religious leader is being well taken care of in detention.
Last week, Peter Afunanya, spokesman of the DSS, had listed El-Zakzaky among some detainees who chose to remain in DSS custody rather than being moved to Correctional facility.
Afunanya also said the detainees were allowed to have access to television, newspapers, gymnasium, telephone and medical facilities.
But Ya’akub accused the secret police of misleading the public with the “outlandish remarks”.
“Last Friday the 15th of November, another statement was released by a public relations officer of the State Security Service in which justifications were offered for the continued illegal detention of what they referred to as notable Nigerians.
“With the names of Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, Colonel Sambo Dasuki and Omoyele Sowore were specifically mentioned.
“The claim is that the SSS runs what can be best described as 5 star level of accommodations of international standards, for its illegally detained detainees; at the detainee’s explicit request.
“Detention centres that are preferable to all forms of correctional centres; designed to host alleged criminals. According to them, these imprisoned individuals have food and water provided by their families. Gymnasium facilities to exercise with and keep in shape.
“The facilities provide access to people and phones for communication, daily newspapers and television to remain up to date, and pristine and prompt medical facilities to ensure standard healthcare and welfare in accordance with international standards. All these luxuries are of a matter of course at the Service’s expense; which is to say at Nigerian’s expense.
“This is yet another in a long line of outlandish claims made by the ‘Service’ to justify its documented role as enforcers of law-breaking in the service of this lawless administration, led by President Muhammadu Buhari.”
He said since the return of El-Zakzaky from the botched Indian medical trip, there has been no phone contact with him.
“No phone contact has been had with Sheikh Zakzaky since their return from the aborted medical trip in India. Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky receives no daily newspapers of any kind at any time regularly or irregularly,” he said.
“With Certainty, I can say that the last time he saw a functional Television screen was in his house in December 2015 before it was attacked and demolished by the 1st division of the Nigerian Army. As for the gymnasium and other 5-star level amenities mentioned by the ‘Service’. All if any are paid for by El-Zakzaky himself.
“We have been extorted and exploited to keep our flesh and blood as safe as much as we can. But the straight truth is that they can’t read newspapers, they have no access to TV, it takes mountains of hurdles for us to see them, and we pay a ransom worth of money to just send medical supplies through.
“Critically there is no phone. Every time an arm of the administration claims to have spent a certain amount; it is more than over thrice what we have spent.
“We will be readying some LCD TVs, subscribing to Daily Newspapers deliveries, Phone handsets with multiple SIM slots, SSS family request service and refund programmes, so the millions extorted can be proven to have not been spent in vain.”