The Department of State Services spent at least N 164 . 5 m feeding the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria , Sheikh Ibrahim El -Zakzaky, The PUNCH reports .
El – Zakzaky was arrested by the DSS on December 12 , 2015 and remained in custody until December 2019 when Justice Gideon Kurada of a Kaduna State High Court ordered the agency to transfer the IMN leader and his wife , Zeenat, to the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Kaduna.The Minister of Information and Culture , Lai Mohammed, had revealed in November 2018 that the Federal Government spent a total of N 3 . 5m to feed the Shiite leader monthly
Due to El – Zakzaky ’ s detention since December 12 , 2015 , the cost of feeding the Shiite leader amounts to a total of N 164. 5 m in 47 months .In a separate report , Kaduna State Governor , Nasir el- Rufai, clarified that the sum was not only for feeding the Shiite leader, but on security as well .
“ The N 3 . 5 m monthly feeding on El -Zakzaky is not only about his food, but other expenses on security men attached to him .
The security men are permanently stationed with him, they surround where he is kept ,” he said.However, human rights lawyer , Mr Femi Falana ( SAN) , told The PUNCH on Sunday that the cost of feeding El -Zakzaky may continue to rise since he is in prison and is therefore still being taken care of with tax payers’ money .