Nigerian TV sorry for 'leaking Shia leader's prison food bill'

By Mutala Yakubu
Ibraheem Zakzaky, the leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, has been in prison since 2015
Ibraheem Zakzaky, the leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, has been in prison since 2015

A Nigerian TV station has apologised for leaking a recording in which a minister was heard to say that the government spends 3.5m naira ($9,600; £7,400) per month on feeding a high-profile prisoner.



The Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed was reported to have made the disclosure off the record about imprisoned Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) leader Ibraheem Zakzaky.

OAK TV has since published an open letter of apology and says it has sanctioned the journalists responsible:


Members of IMN, a pro-Iran Shia Muslism sect, held protests in the capital, Abuja, earlier this month calling for the release of Zakzaky.Some protesters were killed by Nigerian police, who arrested 400 others. The exact number of deaths has been disputed - the army says six people died, while Amnesty International says there were dozens of fatalities.

Source: bbc