THE Federal Government on Wednesday disagreed with a claim by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) that its leader Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky was being treated like a criminal in India.
The Shi’ite leader also alleged that the condition at Medanta Hospital in New Delhi, India where he is supposed to be receiving treatment is worse than that in Nigeria.
But the government said there was no iota of truth in the allegation.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Culture, Mrs. Grace Isu Gekpe, said the IMN leader started acting against laid down procedures during a stopover in Dubai, en route New Delhi.
Activist-lawyer Femi Falana (SAN), who is the Shi’ite leader’s counsel, described the reports from India as disturbing. He said he was in touch with the government for immediate intervention.
Falana said: “The reports from the Indian hospital are very disturbing. We have forwarded El-Zakzaky’s complaint to the Federal Government.
“I have just confirmed that the Nigerian High Commission in India has intervened to ensure that the tight security situation is relaxed to prepare El-Zakzaky for the medical treatment and that they are allowed access to their personal physicians.
El-Zakzaky, who was granted leave from detention by a Kaduna High Court on medical grounds, was flown to New Delhi with his wife, Zenaat, on Monday.
Some security operatives and family members travelled with them.
El-Zakzaky, who spoke in an audio message that has since gone viral accused the Federal Government of frustrating his treatment in India.
Speaking in Hausa, he said the situation at the hospital is “pathetic and worrisome”.
According to El-Zakzaky, the management of Medanta Hospital, had been threatened not to admit him for treatment.
He said: “The hospital officials received us well; they told us that they parked two ambulances, deceiving the crowd while taking us out through another way, saying it was for our own safety. On getting to the hospital, we were placed under a tighter security situation worse than what we have witnessed in Nigeria. We are currently more confined than when we were in Nigeria, worse than a prison setting.