From Jonas Ike, Abuja.
The Federal Government says it was dismayed by the acts of misconduct exhibited by Sheik Ibrahim Elzakzaky that necessitated his repatriation from India to Nigeria on Friday August 16, 2019.
In a statement issued on Friday by Permanent Secretary Ministry of Information Mrs Grace Gekpe, it said that Elzakzaky’s conduct in India was disgraceful as he sought to secure asylum in India in the course of his medical trip in that country.
The statement countered the earlier statement of 14th August 2019 by the government that it said would have raised some questions with the latest occurrences and particularly the uncelebrated return of Elzakzaky from India.
It reads: “The public may note that El-Zakzaky’s actions in India demonstrated malicious intents that were capable of embarrassing the Governments of Nigeria and India.
With total disrespect and complete loss of decorum for international procedures while in India, he initiated contacts with a team of lawyers led by Ali Zia Kabir Chaudary and Gunjan Singh in that country.
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He also contacted some Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), such as the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) and other Shiite groups. His aim was to seek asylum and eventually relocate to another country.
It is important to note that if an Indian Court had granted El-Zakaky asylum or leave to travel to another country, it would have violated the Nigerian court order that granted him permission to travel for medical treatment.
However, he used the opportunity of being in India to attempt to internationalise his cause by mobilising the Rights groups. Even most unfortunate and rather embarrassing as earlier stated was his quest to be relocated to a 5-star hotel to receive visitors instead of being admitted in the hospital as a sick person he claimed to be.
In spite of his misconduct, Elzakzaky’s spouse went further to antagonise Indian and Nigerian security agents and accused the latter of killing her children”.
The Nigerian gorvernment pointed out that these acts were aimed at winning international sympathy as well as disparaging the Nigerian Government.
It added that having subordinated the quest for medical treatment to other ulterior motives, it became obvious that El-Zakaky was focused on realising some sinister motives thus the decision to return him to Nigeria.
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