A Kaduna State High Court sitting in Kaduna has been told that the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat, are battling heavy metal poisoning caused by gunshot pellets in their body.
This was revealed in documents filed on behalf of the couple seeking the court’s permission to travel to India for medical attention.
According to the documents, El-Zakzaky suffers from severe recurrent stroke and shock, while his wife “suffers from heavy metal poisoning” as a result of the “gunshot pellets lodged in the iliac region of her abdomen”.
“That the heavy metabolic poisoning is two hundred per cent higher than normal in the body system of each of the applicants”, an affidavit filed in support of the application said.
The application, filed by Mr Femi Falana (SAN), before the High Court of Kaduna State on behalf of El-Zakzaky and his wife, is seeking the leave of the court permitting the couple to seek an “urgent medical treatment at Medanta Hospital, New Delhi, India, and to return to Nigeria (for continuation of trial) as soon as they are discharged from the hospital”.
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Falana had alleged that the couple was shot by soldiers in the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, in Zaria, Kaduna State in December 2015.
Another affidavit in support of the application cited information obtained from the couple’s physician, Dr Ramatu Abubakar, that her medical team had had to attend to them on many occasions at the Kaduna State Environmental Protection Agency health facility “which is grossly inadequate in meeting the dire health challenges of the applicants herein”.
The affidavit also added that on July 14, 2019, the doctor was hurriedly called in to attend to the El-Zakzaky “after he again relapsed into a partial stroke”.
“That the applicants herein have heavy metal poisoning in their body system as a result of the inability of the complainant/respondent (prosecution)and their agents to remove the toxicity ensuing from the life-threatening gunshot wounds they sustained during the December 25, 2015 raid on their home.
“That heavy metal poisoning is a severe condition that can damage the whole organ and sudden death may occur if emergency treatment is not obtained.”
Justice Darius Khobo, who listened to arguments on the application by Falana and the the Director, Public Prosecutions, Kaduna State Ministry of Justice, Diri Bayero, opposing it, fixed July 29 for ruling.
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