According to the Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, is no longer in the custody of the army.
The Army had clashed with members of the Shiite Muslim group last weekend, in Zaria, Kaduna, which resulted in the death of hundreds of their members.
Buratai said on Thursday that El-Zakzaky had been transferred from the army to appropriate authorities for prosecution.
He said: “As for the whereabouts of the Shi’ite leader, he is not in our custody; he has been handed over to the appropriate authorities for prosecution because we don’t prosecute.”
However, a report by New York-based Sahara Reporters suggests that El-Zakzaky may still be in the custody of the Army.
According to SR, a general in the Nigerian military revealed that Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky has not been transferred from the military custody, which is contrary to what Buratai said.
The army general was quoted to have disclosed that El-Zakzaky is presently being held in a military facility in Kaduna State.
The report also states that only soldiers had access to the leader f the Shiite Muslims in Nigeria.