The Department of State Service says it has received a court order to grant the release of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky to travel to India for medical attention. 
The DSS spokesperson, Peter Afunnaya, on Monday in Abuja affirmed that the Service was liasing with pertinent stakeholders to ensure compliance. 

Afunnaya’s statement read “This is to inform the public that the Department of State Service has received the order granting Ibrahim El-Zakzaky leave to travel to India for medical treatment. Consequently, the Service is liasing with relevant stakeholders to ensure compliance.
Conformity with order is in line with the Service’s avowed commitment to the rule of law inherent in a democracy.”

The IMN leader and his wife were granted leave by the Kaduna State High Court to travel to India for medical treatment following injuries they sustained during the clash between the IMN and the Nigerian Army on December 15, 2015.

Justice Darius Khobo who gave this ruling clearly stated that El-Zakzaky and his wife are not permitted to go to any other hospital except that which they mentioned to them in court. The trip is also to be under strict surveillance by the state officials. 

It is noteworthy that this is not a bail grant, but a leave to travel on medical grounds and El-Zakzaky’s trial will continue immediately he returns from India with a clean bill of health. 

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