Sheikh Zakzaky, his wife to depart Nigeria for India today

TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) – The senior Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife will depart Nigeria to India later today to follow their medical treatment, according to Nigerian media.

Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife will leave India for the Medenta Hospital, New Delhi, for medical treatment, Al Africa reported.

A Nigerian court ordered last week that Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife be released to go to the hospital and return for the continuation of their trial after their discharge from the hospital.

However, the Nigerian government initially resisted the call to release the senior religious figure.

Following the government’s refusal, a group of doctors from Pakistan, India, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq in a letter called on the Nigerian government and parliament to immediately transfer Sheikh Zakzaki to a well-equipped hospital to prevent any unfortunate incidents.

Sheikh Zakzaky, who is in his mid-sixties, has been imprisoned for four years and needs to undergo treatments before soon.

He lost his left eyesight in a 2015 raid by security forces that left more than 300 of his followers and three of his sons dead. His wife also sustained serious wounds.

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