According to IMN’s website, on Tuesday, Sheikh Zakzaky was diagnosed with some bullets in his brain aside the 7 complications he has been battling with since December, 2015.
He now uses a wheelchair as he cannot walk anymore. This is aside the high level of cadmium and lead that were discovered in his body recently by a toxicologist as a result of poisoning.
On Monday, the Kaduna State High Court once again adjourned a bail hearing for the Shia cleric until August 5.
His supporters say he should be released on bail to receive medical treatment abroad.
Zakzaky, now 66, has been in detention since December 2015 after his residence in the city of Zaria was raided by Nigeria’s forces, during which he was beaten and lost vision in his left eye.
During the brutal crackdown, three of his sons lost their lives, his wife sustained serious wounds, and some 350 of his followers were killed.
Since then, IMN members have been regularly holding protest rallies in Abuja, demanding the immediate release of the senior cleric. Nigerian forces have used live ammunition against the protesters.
Recent reports said that his health has been deteriorating, but prison authorities have prevented him from access to needed treatment.
The IMN was founded by Sheikh Zakzaky in Nigeria in the late 1970s.