NIA denies holding Zakzaky and wife’s passports


The National Intelligence Agency has denied holding the passports of Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat.

The denial is contained in Nigeria’s foreign intelligence and counter-intelligence agency’s reply to the couple’s letter demanding their passports for a critical medical trip.

The couple said, through their legal team led by Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer, that the agency had held their passports when security operatives, including National Intelligence Agency’s, accompanied them on a medical trip to India, as ordered by a court, in 2019.

In a letter sent to the agency, a member of the defense team, Abubakar Marshal, asked the agency to return the couple’s passports and other travelling documents now that their trial at the Kaduna State High Court was over.

But in a terse reply, the agency said the passports of the cleric and his wife were not in its possession.