The Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, says the leader of the Islamic movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who was arrested by the Army in December 2015, is not in prison, Department of State Services or Police custody.
According to Lai Mohammed, El-Zakzay is in protective custody with his family.
The Minister disclosed this information during an interview on Channels Television.
“I think there is a lot of deliberate misunderstanding on these issues. Number one, if a judgement is given and that judgement is appealed, you cannot accuse the government of violating that order if the appeal has not been decided.
“Two, in the case of El-Zakzaky, how many Nigerians know that El-Zakzaky is not in prison custody, police custody nor DSS custody? El-Zakzaky is in a house with his family. This is the honest truth.
“He is in what is called Protective Custody. The court ruled that he can be released after his house has been rebuilt but nobody wants to accept El-Zakzaky as a neighbour. So, we have been unable to build the house. So, where do we release him to?”