Muhammad, son of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) says his mother, Zeenat have tested positive for COVID-19.
El-Zakzaky and his wife have been confined to prisons since 2015 after some of his followers clashed with soldiers in Zaria.
Muhammad alleged that despite her testing positive in the Kaduna Correctional Center, she hasn’t been transferred to an isolated centre for proper medical attention.
“Six days ago, after a routine visit to the Kaduna State prison by my parents’ doctors, my mother complained of fatigue, fever and a complete loss of the ability to smell,” Mohammed said in a statement on Thursday.
“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.
“This was a routine procedure and it is important to state that she has been denied treatment for acute medical conditions, including severe arthritis of the knee for years now.
“Meanwhile, the COVID-19 test came back positive. I imagined that due to the diligent way in which the prison management had been conducting and managing the facility, a COVID-19 outbreak would be extremely unlikely.
“But once I heard of the test result, my first action 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 would officially do his job and inform the State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, and the chain of command that the current campaign of torture, extortion, corruption and murder has come to this and my mother, Zeenah Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, needs to be immediately hospitalised.
“My mother is still in Kaduna prison at the moment, yet to be hospitalised and to receive proper health care.”
He further accused authorities of using the virus as an “assassination tool”, and alleged an official desire to see that she is not attended to.