The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat have been flown to Abuja where they would have access to medical services.
A Kaduna State High Court discharged and acquitted El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat and ordered their release from detention.
It was gathered that an attempt by the couple to leave Kaduna State on Wednesday was thwarted because they arrived at the airport after the control tower had closed for the day.
El-Zakzaky and his wife accompanied by family members and well-wishers had arrived at the Kaduna International Airport at 8:30 am on Thursday where they boarded a chartered flight for Abuja.
A member of the IMN who was together with El-Zakzaky told newsmen that the flight took off from the Kaduna International Airport at 8:50 am.
He said, “We would have left soon after the court judgement but we got to the airport after the control tower had closed for the day.
“We had to return to Kaduna city where we spent the night and today (Thursday) left Kaduna for Abuja because it is safer for them.”
He said all assets belonging to the IMN leader had either been demolished or seized, adding that though El-Zakzaky has no personal property in Abuja, he was safe and now has access to his medical doctors.
“Both of them are being looked after, the wife has more health challenges, she can barely stand but both of them are being attended to by their doctors,” he added.