El-Zakzaky’s wife tests positive for COVID-19 in prison


Reports Thursday said that wife of the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Zinat, had tested positive for COVID-19.

Ibrahim EL-Zakzaky and his wife, were charged with alleged conspiracy and abating culpable homicide, among other related offences.

The Kaduna State government has kept them in the state correctional facility since returning from their botched India trip where they had flown to for their medicals.

EL-Zakzaky’s son, Mohammed confirmed the condition of his mother, Zinat, through a statement he personally signed and made available to reporters.

He said: “Six days ago after a routine visit to the Kaduna State prison by my parent’s doctors, my mother complained of fatigue, fever and a complete loss of the ability to smell.

“The doctors decided to carry out a number of standard tests in order to understand what the problem was. Among the tests that were carried out was a test for Covid-19.

“This was a routine procedure and it is important to understand that she has been denied treatment for acute medical conditions including severe arthritis of the knee for years now.

“The Covid-19 test came back positive. I imagined that due to the diligent way in which the prison management had been conducting and managing the facility, a Covid-19 outbreak would be extremely unlikely. Because we have been doing our own due diligence and taking all possible measures at all times, we imagined that they were safe from the clear and present danger of Covid-19. To the best of my knowledge the prison authorities have also been doing the same.”

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