The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El- Rufai, has said that the three-point-five million naira the federal government spends every month to feed the detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, also covers the security around him.
Last week, the minister of information, Lai Mohammed, had said the federal government spends three-point-five million naira every month to feed El-Zakzaky. But speaking when he received the management team of a Newspaper in Kaduna on Thursday, Governor El-Rufai said the amount covered the cost of feeding those around Zakzaky.
He said the Shi’ite leader was not detained illegally but held in custody as ordered by the court. The governor said El-Zakzaky is in custody because he is facing murder charge which is not bailable, among other charges. He said El-Zakzaky is guarded by a detachment of soldiers and DSS operatives who live in the place he is being kept and who is maintained by the state government.
El-Rufai said the Kaduna state government decided to proscribe the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) of which El-Zakzaky is the president because it is not registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). He added that any procession in the name of IMN is illegal, as far as the Kaduna State government is concerned.
El-Zakzaky was arrested in 2015, following a confrontation between his group and soldiers in the entourage of Tukur Buratai, the chief of army staff. Despite the bail granted to him by different court, he has been in custody.