The nation’s Information Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who has been accused several times of telling little white lies to bail the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has revealed that the arrested leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, is not in detention.
The Information Minister while speaking on a Channels TV programme on Thursday said El-Zakzaky is instead in a house which was built for himself and his family by the federal government.
The claim comes after two United States senators advised the US President against selling arms to Nigeria naming human rights concern and El-Zakzaky’s continued detention as one of the reasons.
Lai Mohammed who claimed nobody wanted El-Zakzaky and his family as neighbours said: “There is a lot of deliberate misunderstanding on El-Zakzaky’s issue.
“If a judgment is given and that judgment is appealed, you cannot accuse the government of violating a court order if the appeal has not been decided.
“Also, in the case of El-Zakzaky, how many Nigerians know that El Zakzaky is actually not in prison custody nor police custody nor DSS custody? El-Zakzaky is in a house with his family, this is the honest truth.
“The court ruled that he will be released after his house has been rebuilt. Nobody wants to accept El-Zakzaky as a neighbor. So we have been able to build a house, where do we release him to.”