The Kaduna State High Court has granted the bail application filed by the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife Zeenat to travel for a medical leave.
In his ruling on Monday, Justice Darius Khobo ordered that the IMN leader be accompanied abroad by officials of the Kaduna State Government.
It was circulated on social media that Inspector-General of Police, had felt releasing El-Zakzaky to Iran for medical treatment could cause a major security problem for Nigeria in the near future.
It would be recalled that the Prosecutor-General (Attorney-General) of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammed Montazeri, had written a letter to the federal government asking the government to allow El-Zakzaky to come to Iran for medical treatment.
Montazeri, who also criticised the Federal Government’s handling of the crisis, said El-Zakzaky’s current medical condition had become a source of worry.
The letter read in part, “I, as the prosecutor general of the Islamic Republic of Iran, urge the Nigerian judicial authorities (to take steps) in line with their judicial independence and support for a captive citizen, and provide the ground for his release and transfer him to the Islamic Republic of Iran for treatment.”
But stakeholders believed that if allowed to go to Iran on medical grounds, the IMN leader could become very powerful and begin to foment trouble from overseas while causing security problems for Nigeria back home.