An Islamic leader detained by the Nigerian authorities, Ibrahim Yaqoub El Zakzaky, may have died.
The nation's capital, Abuja, was largely stressed while armored military tanks and heavily armed police patrolled Kaduna demonstratively.
A paramilitary unit meeting in Kaduna was yesterday closed with members warned against staying inside and not returning to their states for fear of a possible backlash after the reported death.
Supporters of the embattled cleric have been calling for his release for months. The authorities, however, seemed to have had other reasons for arresting him, despite court orders granting him a bail.
The army, which allegedly kept the priest in "protective custody", was silent about his present fate. Calls and SMS to spokesman Brigadier General Sani Usman Kukasheka at 15:18 and 3:48 pm, yesterday to confirm the matter, were not answered before the press time. Other sources of security contacted for confirmation also held sealed lips.
A phone call to the Embassy of a well-known Arab country allegedly linked to the cleric did not produce any results, as the Cultural Commissioner allegedly traveled overseas and was unable to comment.
Meanwhile, the Department of State Service (DSS) has insisted that the health of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as the Shiite, remain stable and good.
DSS's health assessment of El-Zakzaky was based on speculation about his worsening health and rumors of death.
El-Zakzaky had been held by the federal government for more than two years because the government allegedly tried to violate national security.
Several court judgments demanding El-Zakzaki's release were rejected by President Muhammadu Buhari's administration.
El-Zakzaky's imprisonment by the federal government has continued to receive nationwide disputes and criticism.
IMN protested in Abuja on Wednesday
Although Quelle, who had requested anonymity because he was not allowed to speak on the issue, emphasized that the rumors are far from the truth as El-Zakzaky's health does not deteriorate to that level have.
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