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El-Zakzaky is not dead-DSS, lawyer

El-Zakzaky is not dead-DSS, lawyer

He spoke against the backdrop of the news that he had died in detention.

Abuja - The Department of State Service (DSS) thursday insisted that the health condition of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiites, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, remains stable and good.

"As a outcome of this brutality by the Police, two people were killed and scores were wounded".

He also thanked Nigerians for their prayers, as well as the DSS for allowing him access to his doctors.

Since the arrest and detention of the group's leader, his followers have been holding a series of protests in some cities in the country, calling for his release. "I am getting better".

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This comes after rumours of his death spread on the social media on Friday.

Speaking to PRNigeria in Abuja, the intelligence officer said that: "As I am speaking to you now Sheikh ElZakzaky and his wife are alive and stable". Tukur Buratai, in Zaria, Kaduna State.

At least 350 Shia members were killed in the onslaught which has elicited criticisms of the army by human rights groups, including Amnesty International.

Nigeria, with a population of 190 million, combines a predominantly Christian south and mainly Sunni Muslim north. Shi'ites are estimated at less than 4 million, although there are no official figures.

IMN was founded in the 1980s after an Islamic revolution in mainly Shi'ite Iran in 1979, which inspired the sect's founders.


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