By Tunde Oguntola, Abuja
The Department of State Services (DSS) has dismissed claims that Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria is dead, contrary to rumours being spread via social media.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity to our correspondent in Abuja, an official of the Service simply said that El-Zakzaky was alive, hale and hearty.
Elendu Reports recalls that El-Zakzaky was arrested in 2015 after his members had a confrontation with the convoy of Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Stadd, in Zaria, Kaduna State.
Fifty three of his followers were arrested on Wednesday by the Police in Abuja following a violent protest.
Policemen fired tear gas canisters at the youths, who responded by throwing stones at them.
The incident caused pandemonium as traders in nearby shopping malls hurriedly closed their shops while motorists looked for alternative routes to escape the scene of the incident.
A number of the protesters were arrested and taken away in police patrol vans.
Since the arrest and detention of the group’s leader, his followers had organised series of protests in some cities in the country calling for his release.