- A Kaduna state high court has confirmed the coronavirus status of Zeenat, the wife of the leader of IMN Ibrahim El-Zakzaky
- The court ordered the wife of the embattled IMN leader to be released for treatment after she tested positive for COVID-19
- El-Zakzaky’s wife reportedly contracted the virus inside the correctional centre where she is currently being detained
Zeenat, the wife of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has reportedly contracted COVID-19 at the Kaduna correctional centre.
The Nigerian Correctional Service has been ordered by a Kaduna state high court to release the wife of the embattled IMN leader for treatment.
Justice Gideon Kurada, in his ruling, ordered that Elzakzaky's wife should be moved to a government-approved isolation and treatment centre.
Ibrahim Musa, the spokesman of the group, had confirmed to Channels Television on Thursday, January 21, that Elzakzaky's wife tested positive for COVID-19 a second time on Wednesday, January 20.
However, the management of the correctional centre denied the report in a statement signed by the spokesman of the Kaduna state command, Daniel Wadai.
According to Femi Falana, the couple's lawyer, Zeenat tested positive for coronavirus. Falana made this known at the resumed trial of the defendants.
The senior lawyer presented a medical report to the court on Monday, January 25, to back up his claim. He appealed to the court to allow his client to seek proper medical treatment outside the correctional centre.
This development is coming after a Kaduna state high court dismissed a suit seeking to quash the charges filed by the Kaduna government against the leader of the IMN and his wife.
The defendants who were brought to court on Tuesday morning, September 29, 2020, amid tight security, insisted that they have no case to answer.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Nigeria recorded 1,633 fresh cases of the novel coronavirus pandemic as Lagos and Plateau had 498 and 214 respectively.
The news was broken on Saturday, January 23, by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) recorded 176 cases while it was followed by Rivers state which had 99.