A Kaduna State High court has ordered the Nigerian Correctional Service to evacuate the wife of the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Zeenat El-Zakzaky, to an isolation centre, to enable her undergo treatment for COVID-19.
Zeenat, who has been in detention with her husband, reportedly contracted the virus inside the Nigerian Correctional Centre in Kaduna State last week.
The spokesman of IMN, Ibrahim Musa, confirmed the news last Thursday.
He said Zeenat tested positive for COVID-19 a second time on January 20, 2021, but the management of the Correctional Centre denied the report.
The denial was contained in a statement signed by the spokesman of the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Kaduna State Command, Daniel Wadai, who insisted that there was no report of any COVID-19 infection in any of their facilities, arguing that all inmates are safe and well-protected.
“The attention of the Kaduna State Command of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS) has been drawn to a news item being circulated by some mischief makers alleging that an inmate in one of the custodial centres in the state has contracted COVID-19,” the statement said.
At the resumed trial of the defendants who are facing an eight-count charge of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly among others, their counsel, Femi Falana, on Monday, told the court that El-Zakzaky’s wife tested positive for COVID-19, and also presented a medical report to back up his claim.
He appealed to the presiding judge, Justice Gideon Kurada, to allow his client seek proper medical treatment outside the Correctional Centre, in line with the protocols that have been outlined by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The appeal was supported by the prosecuting counsel and the solicitor general of Kaduna, Chris Umar.
In his ruling on the appeal, Kurada ordered that Zeenat should be moved to a government-approved isolation and treatment centre.
Meanwhile, four witnesses were presented by the prosecuting counsel before the court at the resumed sitting on Monday, while more witnesses including a serving General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Nigerian Army in the North-east are also expected to testify before the court on Tuesday.