The wife of the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, Zeenat, has reportedly contracted COVID-19 at a correctional centre in Kaduna State.
The spokesman of the group, Ibrahim Musa, confirmed the news.
He said Zeenat tested positive for COVID-19 a second time on January 20, 2021.
Musa then appealed to the authorities of the Nigerian Correctional Service to allow El-Zakzaky’s wife to seek proper medical treatment in line with COVID-19 protocols.
His appeal comes less than a week after members of the movement renewed their demand for the release of their embattled leader, his wife, and other members of the group still in detention.
In a separate message titled, ‘COVID-19 Hits Kaduna Prison, As My Mother Tested Positive,’ El-Zakzaky’s son, Mohammed, said his mother had also lost the ability to smell.
He said, “Six days ago after a routine visit to the Kaduna State prison by my parent’s doctors, my mother complained of fatigue, fever and a complete loss of the ability to smell. The doctors decided to carry out a number of standard tests in order to understand what the problem was.
“Among the tests that were carried out was a test for the novel coronavirus also known as COVID-19.
“The COVID-19 test came back positive… Once I heard of the result my first act was to ensure that it was tried, tested and confirmed. I expected that following our risky entrance into the predictable petri dish of Kaduna State prison for what it is; the person in charge of Kaduna State prison will officially do his job.
Mohammed said the deputy comptroller in charge of the prison, granted unrestricted access for all medical staff to deliver primary care to his mother.
He, however, stated that the medical team were harassed and forced throw all caution and care, or risk threats to their persons, their families and their personal Integrity.
El-Zakzaky’s son said his mother was tested again to ensure that she was actually positive.
He said despite the two positive results, his mother was not being treated in a standard hospital.
“I want to ask; why is my mother not in a hospital? Why are you doing this? We all know that COVID-19 requires an immediate response of urgent adherence to medical advice. Why are the rules being bent against her and him? By her I mean my mother Zeenah Ibraheem. By him I mean Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky,” Mohammed said.
In a desperate plea, Mohammed begged Nigerians to “Save my mother who is currently infected with COVID-19.”
The Chairman Resource Forum of the IMN, Professor Abdullahi Danladi, said that four years after a federal high court freed El-Zakzaky and his wife, the Federal Government has refused to obey the court order.
El-Zakzaky was arrested in 2015 and is being tried by the Kaduna state government over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, disruption of the public peace, and criminal conspiracy among others.