Tehran (IP)- A press conference on the health condition of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaki will be held by Hojat-ul-Islam Reza Ramezani secretary-general of the Ahlulbayt (AS) World Assembly today at 10:30 am local time(7:00GMT) in Tehran, at the Assembly building.

Iran PressIran News: Nigeria’s top Shia cleric and the head of Nigeria's Islamic Movement Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaki, is suffering from lead poisoning due to the poor conditions, his doctor said.

Back in 2015, the Nigerian security forces raided the city of Zaria, during which they detained Sheikh Zakzaki, who is in his mid-sixties. The raid left more than 300 of his followers and three of his sons dead. The Sheikh lost one of his eyes; his wife also sustained serious injuries.

He has been kept in custody along with his wife and a large number of his followers ever since.

A High Court ordered the Department of State Services on Thursday (December 5) to transfer the cleric and his wife, Zinat, to the Correctional Center in Kaduna state, northwest of the country.

Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) said on Thursday that any attempt to take the couple anywhere other than a hospital will put them in further jeopardy.

The IMN said the facilities at the Kaduna Central Prison are dilapidated, adding that it was the same prison where some survivors of the December 2015 raid perished due to a lack of medical attention.

Earlier this year, the IMN accused the Nigerian government of having poisoned Zakzaki in jail after “large and dangerous quantities of lead and cadmium have been found in his blood.”


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