The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) says Zeenat El-Zakzaky, the wife of the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, is not infected with COVID-19.
The service was reacting to claims by the IMN that Zeenat was infected while in detention at the NCS facility in Kaduna State, North-West Nigeria.
In a statement signed by the spokesman of the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Kaduna State Command, Daniel Wadai, on Saturday, the service said there is no report of any COVID-19 infection in any of its facilities as all inmates are safe and well-protected.
“The attention of the Kaduna State Command of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS) has been drawn to a news item being circulated by some mischief makers alleging that an inmate in one of the custodial centres in the state has contracted COVID-19,” the statement read.
It noted that all custodial centres in the state had put a hold on new admission of inmates in March 2020 until adequate arrangements had been made to secure each facilities.
“Arrangements were immediately made to install gadgets to facilitate compliance with the virus protocols including construction of isolation centers in desinated areas for exceptional cases,” the NCS stated.
“Admission of new inmates was only lifted in June 2020 when all necessary measures to prevent the disease from entering Custodial Centers had been put in place. A visit to any of our facilities will confirm the strict compliance to the preventive measures.”
“The Controller of Corrections in charge of the State Command appreciates members of the public for their understanding and support in ensuring that the virus does not spread to our facilities.
“He assures that the Command will continue to maintain absolute adherence to safety measures in order to safeguard the inmates and staff including visitors to our facilities,” it added.