Islamic Leader In Custody Rumored Dead

An Islamic leader in the custody of Nigerian authorities might have died. A meeting of a paramilitary body in Kaduna, yesterday, was swiftly concluded with members warned to stay indoors and not travel back to their states for fear of a possible backlash following the rumoured death.

According to the Guardian, a reliable source disclosed that the cleric might have passed away yesterday, with the authorities hurriedly putting security measures in place to forestall violence by his supporters and persons sympathetic to his cause.

Followers of the embattled cleric have for months called for his release. The authorities, however, appeared to have had other reasons for holding him, despite court orders granting him bail.

The army, allegedly holding the cleric in “protective custody”, was silent on his current fate. Calls and text messages to spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman Kukasheka, at 3:18 p.m. and 3:48 p.m., yesterday, to confirm the matter were not replied to before press time. Other security sources contacted for confirmation also kept sealed lips.

The Guardian allegedly made a call to the embassy of a notable Arab country with presumed links to the cleric did not yield any result, as the cultural envoy was said to have travelled overseas and was not in a position to comment. The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), meanwhile, has blamed President Muhammadu Buhari for the development.

Executive Director, Ibuchukwu Ezike, accused Buhari of impunity and disdain for the rule of law since assumption of office. This president may have just created another Boko Haram, Ezike said, adding that the administration’s incarceration of Nigerians without charge and in defiance of court orders is a threat to democracy and national stability.

Insisting the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) must be released for urgent medical care, the group, yesterday, warned the Federal Government not to use the rumoured death of Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky as pretext to create a crisis.

“Security agents are spreading false information and rumours, with a view to breaking our will and causing confusion, so that they could seize the opportunity to turn our peaceful protests into violence. “Credible reports have confirmed that hoodlums have been commissioned by the authorities to foment trouble by burning tyres and property in the course of our peaceful processions. Part of their evil plot involves spreading false news of the alleged death of our leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, due to illness, on fake Facebook profile pages,” said IMN spokesman, Mallam Ibrahim Musa in Kaduna.

The group said the security agencies “had hoped to achieve their mischievous aims by wreaking havoc and attributing the same to supposed reaction of members of the Islamic Movement. When all their evil machinations failed woefully, they went wild and opened fire on peaceful protesters that were demanding the immediate release of Sheikh El-Zakzaky to enable him to attend to his deteriorating health.”

It added: “This police fury followed their inability to cash in on the effects of such fake news and reports they have circulated on social media to incite violence to discredit the Islamic Movement.

“The Islamic Movement will like to reiterate its age-long stand of adopting peaceful means in pursuing its objectives. We vehemently reject any attempt to label us as violent. We are so orderly than for anybody to incite us into taking illogical violent means. We would not be held responsible for anything contrary to our peaceful resolve and methods.”

In the same vein, pro-democracy and non-governmental organisation, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), yesterday, condemned suppression and killings by security forces of IMN protesters.

In the statement in Abuja, National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, urged the Federal Government to release from detention Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), El-Zakzaky and his wife, and thousands of members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

 

Shiite Leader, El Zakzaky Suffers A Stroke

The Leader of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has reportedly suffered a ‘stroke’.

According to reports, the 68-year-old speaks with a slur and can no longer stand for prayers, and also on the verge of losing his eyesight.

El-Zakzaky has been in detention since December 2015, following a violent clash in Zaria, Kaduna State, between members of his group and the Nigerian military.

The movement, however, says his incarceration is illegal, criticising the Buhari administration for denying the leader access to medical treatment.

“The health situation of the Sheikh has nosedived. He has suffered what turned out to be a stroke. But the authorities illegally detaining him have kept a blind eye to his dire situation,” the IMN disclosed at a press conference yesterday.

The Spokesman for the group, Professor Abdullahi Danladi, said: “It emerged that his health condition suffered severe knocks in the past week, such that he was critically ill and in urgent need of the best medical attention possible. But the Buhari administration is negligent about it. He suffered slurred speech, weakness of the right side of the upper limb and general weakness of both lower limbs. Consequently, he has been unable to walk or even stand for the past week. The Sheikh is also known to have been hypertensive for more than 10 years.”

 

Shiites Blame Police, Alleges Plot To Turn Protest To Violence

 

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria IMN also known as the Shiites group have accused the Nigeria Police Force in the FCT for misleading the public and killing some of its members during a peaceful procession to protest the detention of their leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakyzaky by the Federal Government since 2 years ago.

 

It also accused the Police of bringing up some unidentified people to the scene of the protest to cause violence.

 

A statement by IMN’s spokesman, Ibrahim Musa held that the protest was a peaceful one but was turned to a violent platform when some hoodlums commissioned by “the authorities” to forment trouble gained access to the protest.

 

Shiites also said the Police handling of the protest was shody saying the killing of two of its members with many injured on Wednesday was inhuman.

 

 

THE FULL PRESS STATEMENT BELOW

 

 

Stop the rumours and respect our right to protest!

Security agents are spreading false information and rumours with a view to breaking our will and causing confusion so that they could seize the opportunity to turn our peaceful protests into violence.

Credible reports have confirmed that hoodlums have been commissioned by the authorities to foment trouble by burning tyres and properties in the course of our peaceful processions.

 

Part of their evil plot involved spreading false news of the alleged death of our leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky due to illness on fake Facebook profile pages. They had hoped to achieve their mischievous aims by using that to wreck havoc and attribute same to a supposed reaction of members of the Islamic Movement.

When all their evil machinations failed woefully however, the security agents went wild by themselves and opened fire on peaceful protesters demanding for the immediate release of Sheikh Zakzaky to enable him attend to his deteriorating health status in illegal detention of Nigerian authorities. As a consequence of this brutality by the Police, two people were killed and scores were wounded.

The police further arrested hundreds. Similarly yesterday, policemen had used live ammunition to stop the procession, injuring quite a number, including Sheikh Qasim Umar Sokoto. A journalist was bartered with clubs and sticks until his arm was broken by the police. Today the police were even more brutal in the attack on the peaceful protesters.

 

This police fury followed their inability to cash on the effects of such fake news and reports they have circulated on social media to incite violence to discredit the Islamic Movement.

 

The Islamic Movement will like to reiterate its age-long stand of adopting peaceful means  in pursuing its objectives. We vehemently reject any attempt to label us violent and we are so orderly for anybody to incite us into taking illogical violent means. We would not be held responsible for anything contrary to our peaceful resolve and methods.

 

Police Allegedly Shoots Two Protesters In Abuja

Supporters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria took to the streets of Abuja to demand the release of their leader Sheikh El-Zakzaky who has been in military custody since December 2015 against the warnings of the police.

In recent report, members of the movement have alleged that the Police, however, opened fire on the peaceful protest, killing two people.

The reports are yet to be confirmed, as no pictures or videos of the victims have been released, and the police have not released a statement yet.

 

Despite Warnings From The Police, Shiites Remain Adamant

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN has thrown caution to the wind vowing to continue its demand for the release of its leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, despite the clampdown by security operatives during some of their processions.

The group’s spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa condemned the recent attacks by the police and other security agents that disrupted their ‘peaceful’ processions in Kaduna and Abuja.

‎Recall that it was reported that the police forcefully disrupted an IMN protest in Abuja on Monday, beating and man-handling some of the protesters. Mr. Musa said no member of the group was killed but scores were arrested by the police.

‎Also, the Kaduna State Police Command on Monday issued a warning to the IMN members against unlawful assembly, lawlessness, incitement and acts capable of breaching the peace in the state.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, Mukhtar Aliyu, who issued the warning in a press statement in Kaduna, said any breach of peace would be dealt with decisively.

But the IMN members said they would not relent in their quest for the release of their leader.

 

Two Dead, Several Injured As Shiites And Nigerian Police Clash

At least two members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (also known as Shiites) were yesterday feared killed and a score injured during a clash with men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

 

Osun Defender learnt that the clash broke out during the yearly Arbaeen procession by members of sect, in their hundreds, from the popular Kofar Mazugal quarters in the morning to Kofar Nasarawa area for prayer to round off the exercise. A source however, claimed that a detachment of the mobile policemen deployed in strategic locations within the metropolis to maintain peace disrupted the march by firing teargas and live bullets at the crowd.

 

 

In a statement in Kano, the president of the movement’s media forum, Ibrahim Musa alleged that two persons were killed by the force while many sustained injuries. He said: “Two persons were killed by the police and the corpses were also taken away by the killers. Many people were also injured by the policemen drafted to stop the annual Arbaeen walk that started peacefully in the state.

 

 

“Thousands of IMN members started the trek in the morning around 10:00 a.m., prayed afternoon prayers and terminated today’s (yesterday) trek at the popular Lado overhead bridge. It was while people were dispersing that mobile policemen arrived the scene and started firing teargas and live bullets. A Muslim brother and sister were confirmed shot and killed by the police and their corpses taken by their attackers. Many people were injured.”

 

 

But the force spokesman, DSP Magaji Musa Majiya, denied any killing.

 

ZakZaky is Going Blind- IMN

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria claims its detained leader, Sheikh ZakZaky is going blind.

The IMN claimed the doctor attending to him has passed the message to the authorities, warning that “he could go blind if not given the proper medical attention he deserves without further delay”.

“The way and manner in which the federal government has been handling the health of the fatally injured Sheikh Zakzaky for the past 13 months leaves much to be desired”, the IMN said today.

According to IMN, ZakZaky has been denied access to his own doctor alleging that with the way government has treated him, government wants him to die.
“Thus far, the government has decided to play deaf, dumb and blind, as if all is well.

IMN appealed to Nigerians to join them in mounting pressure on government to release him, in compliance with court order and to enable him attend to his health.

IMN also called on Acting President, Prof. Osinbajo to obey Court order and free Sheikh Zakzaky.

The Shiite leader and his wife were arrested in Kaduna in December 2015, in the wake of the clash between his followers and the Nigerian military.

The military authorities claimed the Shiite followers wanted to assassinate chief of army staff, General Tukur Buratai, which prompted soldiers to open fire on them. No fewer than 200 Shiite members were killed.

The clash had been a subject of at least two probe panels, the Human Rights Commission and the Kaduna State Government.

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Any Protest By IMN Will Always Remain Peaceful – Shiites

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, says its attention has been drawn to a report emanating from the Directorate for state security saying that Shiites plans to embark on violent protest.

However, in a statement signed by its spokesman, the group said it has no plan whatsoever to stage any violent protest.

The IMN described the so-called report has “another lie from the purveyors of half-truths among the agents of DSS that are profiteering from the denial of the rights of IMN members and should be disregarded”.

Read the rest of the statement below:

The report further states that similar fake so-called intelligent reports by the Military alleging that IMN members were stockpiling arms for revenge attack was the alibi for the December 2015 massacre, which led to the extra-judicial murder of over a thousand innocent citizens in Zaria. This was later disproved even by their own one-sided Commission of inquiry that found and reported that the widely held belief that IMN was stockpiling weapons was not true.

The DSS and other security agents must realise that peaceful protests are the inalienable rights of citizens. They must come to terms with this fact. It cannot be denied under any pretense. The heavy-handedness of security agents since the unjustifiable December 2015 attack is enough justification for peaceful protests.

Additionally, the continued detention of our leader, Sheikh Zakzaky by the federal government in contempt of the court is a further justification for peaceful protests.

We will like to reassure the general public that our protests will continue to remain peaceful no matter the provocation as it has always been. We will not succumb to any intimidation. We remain focused and resolute on our demand for the immediate and unconditional release of our leader Sheikh Zakzaky, his wife and other detainees.

We Vehemently Cast-Off The ‘Insurgents’ Tag Given To Us – Islamic Movement Of Nigeria

Press Statement
In the aftermath of the brutal attack on Sheikh Zakzaky and Islamic Movement of Nigeria by Nigerian government in December last year, frantic steps have been undertaken by state officials and in particular security agencies to portray the Movement as violent. This is to give retroactive justification to its hostile actions against the Islamic Movement in Nigeria. The hallmark of this misnomer was the recent declaration by Kaduna State Governor that Islamic Movement in Nigeria is even an “insurgent” group.
This has appeared to garner currency among security agencies in Kano, Sokoto, Katsina, Plateau and lately Jigawa states, with officials parroting the ridiculous pronouncement, and some going steps further to insist that IMN should be monitored because it is a violent group. The maintenance of this false position without basis is an indication that there is a sinister scheme by these government officials to create an insurgency in our name, out of desperation to stamp out the Islamic Movement.
We wish to strongly reject such unjustified tagging of the IMN. For the avoidance of doubts, we would like the World to know that we have never and do not even contemplate taking up arms against anyone. Our leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky has, over the four decades of the existence of the Movement, taken a non-violent posture and has repeatedly said guns and other weapons are the tools of the insane.
In all this time, our weapons have been truth, perseverance, sacrifice and a firm belief that no force or weapons can crush the truth no matter how powerful it appears. That has been the secret of the IMN remaining non-violent throughout the harrowing experience of the Zaria massacre. Not even the kangaroo Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Kaduna state government could nail the Movement with this mischievous accusation of carrying or stock-piling arms, simply because there are none.
Any pronouncement  that appears to make call for use of arms and retaliation is not in line with the peaceful nature of Sheikh Zakzaky’s Islamic activities. It can also be a belated and malicious response to the Judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja that ordered for the release of our leader Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky.
 This will not deter us from continuing with our pursuit of justice through all peaceful and lawful ways. The general public and the international community should therefore ignore such labels and be distrustful of any ignoble attempt at soiling our name in whatever guise.
SIGNED BY
IBRAHIM MUSA
PRESIDENT MEDIA FORUM OF IMN

US To Buhari: Release Zakzaky Now, Islamic Movement Of Nigeria Is Not An Insurgent Group

The United States wants the Nigerian government to expedite action on the recommendation of the white paper on last year’s clashes in Zaria, Kaduna state.

John Kirby, assistant secretary and department spokesperson of the Bureau of Public Affairs, said the US government had fully agreed with the recommendations in the White Paper.

“On December 5th, the Kaduna state government in Nigeria issued a long-awaited white paper on clashes last year that resulted in the deaths of a reported 348 civillians and one soldier,” Kirby said on Friday.

“We fully agree with the white paper’s recommendation that members of the military who were involved in the unlawful killing of civilians must be held accountable and punished appropriately.”

“As the one-year anniversary of this tragic event approaches, we call on the federal government to be diligent, transparent, and expeditious in following through on this recommendation.”

Kirby said that his government was also concerned with the paper’s characterisation of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) as an “insurgent group”.

He said that the US government would also want to encourage the federal government to act on the judgement of an Abuja high court mandating the release from prison of IMN leader Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife, within 45 days.

He said that his government had therefore enjoined the different levels of government to evolve ways of non-violent engagement with all citizens, including minority religious groups.

“We also encourage the federal government to act on the Abuja high court’s decision on December 2 that IMN leader Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife should be released from prison within 45 days, as they have been held without charge since the events of last December,” Kirby added.

“As the white paper notes, the right to freedom of worship is a cherished constitutional right in Nigeria that must be protected. We encourage the people and the government of Nigeria to support these fundamental principles, regardless of religion, ethnicity, or region.”

Islamic Movement’s Preliminary Statement Of Kaduna White Paper On Shiite Massacre

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT ON THE RELEASE OF THE WHITE PAPER ON THE REPORT OF THE JUDICIAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO THE “CLASHES” BETWEEN THE ISLAMIC MOVEMENT IN NIGERIA (IMN) AND THE NIGERIAN ARMY (NA) IN ZARIA, KADUNA STATE BETWEEN SATURDAY 12TH AND MONDAY 14TH DECEMBER, 2015
On the 5th day of December 2016, the Kaduna State Government Released the Report of its Judicial Commission of Inquiry into what it called the “clashes” between the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State between Saturday 12th and Monday 14th December, 2015.
In this preliminary response, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria rejects in its entirety the contents of the said White Paper and will issue a fuller report on the reasons for the rejection. We reject the said White paper for the following reasons.
1. The Kaduna State Government released the Report of its Judicial Commission of Inquiry into what it called the “clashes” between the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State between Saturday 12th and Monday 14th December, 2015 on the 5th day of December, 2016 and backdated the said report to the month of August 2016. This is to give retroactive justification to its hostile actions against the Islamic Movement in Nigeria since the 12th day of December 2015.
2. On the 7th day of October, 2016 the Kaduna State Government without releasing the White Paper on the report of the said Judicial Commission of Inquiry purportedly banned the Islamic Movement in Nigeria relying on the same report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry which it set up in January 2016 and whose report it released on the 5th day of December 2016.
3. The Islamic Movement in Nigeria rejected the composition of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry, its terms of reference and the refusal of the Commission to compel the Department of State Services (DSS) to release our leader to represent the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and to attend the sittings of the Commission and consequently boycotted the sittings of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry.
4. The purported release of the White Paper is a belated and malicious response to the Judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja delivered on Friday, the 2nd day of December 2016 wherein the Hon. Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja ordered the release of our leader Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky within a period of 45 days from the date of judgment, the building of a new house for him and his family and the payment of N50million compensation for the unconstitutional and illegal detention of his wife and himself since the 14th day of December 2016.
5. The Islamic Movement in Nigeria is fully aware of and abreast of the State sponsored demonstrations against the judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja delivered on the 2nd day of December 2016 and regards the sponsors of the demonstrations as purveyors of anarchy and violence.
a. It is clear to us that the Governor of Kaduna State is a threat to national security and the peace and stability of Kaduna State and Nigeria. Thus, the National Assembly, the Nigerian people and the International Community must call him to order before he succeeds in leading Kaduna State and albeit Nigeria into an avoidable religious crisis and conflict.
b. We are convinced that the Governor of Kaduna State is bent on creating an atmosphere of fear, anxiety and violence in Kaduna State for reasons that are unclear through his messianic approach to governance.
c. It is also clear to us that the Governor of Kaduna State is angry that the Federal High Court Abuja did not order the indefinite detention of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and his wife and it is also clear that he is angry that his Judicial Commission of inquiry did not strictly follow the script given to them by returning completely the pre-determined conclusion and verdict.
d. We are convinced that the Chairman and some members of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry will be regretting their participation in a Commission that was programed to work from a predetermined conclusion but which found itself overwhelmed by the evidence of state sponsored genocide against the members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.
e. From our preliminary analysis of the so called retroactive White Paper, the Kaduna State Government rejected 99% of the Core recommendations of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry and only accepted the ones that suggested the unconstitutional restriction of  the activities of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and the continuation of hostile activities towards its properties.
1. The Islamic Movement in Nigeria is scandalized that the Kaduna State Government decided to reject the recommendations of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry even in relation to matters that are not within its constitutional and legal competence. It is also unfortunate that the Kaduna State Government, without any shred of evidence and in contemptuous disregard of the constitution and Nigeria’s international obligations rejected some of the core findings and conclusions of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry.
2. This becomes more shameful as the Kaduna State Government handpicked the members of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry. The Government appointed two Senior Advocates of Nigeria as Counsel to the Commission and the Kaduna State Government was represented by a private Legal Practitioner throughout the sitting of the Commission. Top officials of the Kaduna State Government also gave evidence during the sittings of the Commission.
3. The Kaduna State Government had the opportunity to present whatever evidence it had during the sitting of the Judicial Commission but has sought through the White Paper to smuggle in some of its predetermined conclusions that the Judicial Commission of Inquiry forgot to include in its findings and recommendations.
4. It is scandalous that the Kaduna State Government in its messianic approach to governance rejected the findings of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry that found as a fact that there was no evidence of any form of delegation of authority to any of the officers that carried out the genocide in Zaria when it claimed the existence of a subsisting internal security arrangement in Kaduna State.
5. It is shameful that a government elected on the basis of the rule of law and due process will without any iota of evidence insist that the leaders and the members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria should be held to account for non-existent crimes committed in the last 30 years when no concrete evidence was presented to the so called judicial commission of inquiry to authenticate the so called crimes.
6. While the Kaduna State Government allegedly declared the Islamic Movement in Nigeria as an ‘unlawful society’ on the basis of the recommendations of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry, it forgot that it had not issued a White Paper on same, and this is why in paragraph 8.4.3 of the said White Paper, it stated that “Government Notes the recommendation but observes that the IMN has been declared as an unlawful society under Section 97 Á’&’B’ of the Penal Code of Kaduna State”.
7. It is even more scandalous that the so called refusal of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria to recognize the legitimacy of the Nigerian government was derived from a commissioned paper by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry. It baffles the Islamic Movement in Nigeria that a Justice of the Court of Appeal will rely on a commissioned paper to arrive at such weighty conclusion on the so called rejection by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria to accept the legitimacy of the Nigerian Government. The said findings and its acceptance by the Kaduna State Government flies in the face of the available evidence and facts and shows that it is the government that has refused to accord the members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria their constitutional rights as citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
8. It is shameful that the Kaduna State Government would label the Islamic Movement in Nigeria an ‘insurgent’ group when they have not taken up arms against the country even in the face of extreme provocation and persecution by the government. It is also not surprising that the Kaduna State Government will label the Islamic Movement in Nigeria an insurgent group that must be demonized as it needs to fight the Movement to shore up its non-performance in terms of governance. It is clear that the IMN is the victim in the operations carried out by the Military and reinforced by the Kaduna State Government.
9. It is also scandalous that the Kaduna State Government adopted the attitude of muted trumpet and turned a blind eye to the finding by its own Judicial Commission of Inquiry that reported that the widely held belief that the Islamic Movement was stockpiling weapons was not substantiated. It is reprehensible that the Kaduna State Government rejected the recommendation of its Judicial Commission of Inquiry that directed that all future cordon and search operations must be filmed for purposes of transparency. It is clear that the government is still bent on using the instrumentality of the military to carry out unconstitutional and illegal hostile acts against the members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.
10. The Islamic Movement in Nigeria is aware of the fact that the Kaduna State Government is engaged in cover up of the atrocities committed in Zaria between the 12th and 14th of December 2015. While the Government wasted no time in arresting and prosecuting over 300 members of the IMN for various alleged ‘offences’ including culpable homicide punishable with death, it claimed in its White Paper that it will conduct further investigation to determine the culpability of members of the armed forces that engaged in genocide in Zaria, and that they will first face a secret Court Martial before the Kaduna State Government will make up its mind on whether to prosecute them. We dare say that the names of all the officers that authorized the genocide in Zaria are with the Kaduna State Government and the issue of conducting further investigation is tales by moonlight.
11. While the Judicial Commission of Inquiry found as a fact that the Military did not observe the rules of engagement in the killing of the members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, the Kaduna State Government went into an unnecessary monologue to exonerate the army and affirm that the Army observed the rules of engagement. This is against the fact that the Nigerian Army and its officers were represented by a Senior Counsel throughout the sittings of the Commission.
12. The Islamic Movement in Nigeria is not surprised that the Kaduna State Government labeled the Islamic Movement in Nigeria an insurgent group. This is because the Kaduna State Government must demonize the Movement to shore up its non performance in terms of governance. It is clear that the IMN is the victim in the operations carried out by the Military and reinforced by the Kaduna State Government.
13. The Judicial Commission of Inquiry found as a fact that the Kaduna State Government breached extant laws and Islamic Injunctions in burying the 347 members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria in a mass grave and yet the Kaduna State Government without showing any form of remorse sought to justify the said burial. It is clear that the Kaduna State Government was an active participant in the events in Zaria and this is further reinforced in its hostile activities against structures of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria since then.
14. The Islamic Movement in Nigeria regards it as a hostile act the quick acceptance by the Kaduna State Government for the prosecution of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria for alleged acts committed in the last 30 years. The leader of the Movement is a law abiding citizen, who was previously commended by past administrations in Kaduna State for his peaceful disposition to conflicts and issues of governance. The current government has held him in captivity for one year now without charges. While the Kaduna State Government quickly accepted this recommendation, it buried its head in the mud in accepting the recommendation for the prosecution of those that murdered innocent members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria. By rushing out with a White Paper a few days after the judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja shows clearly that the Kaduna State Government is afraid that it will be held to account for the atrocities committed against members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.
15. While the Kaduna State Governments Judicial Commission of Inquiry found as a fact that “the demolitions by the State officials of the Gyallesu residence of Sheikh Zakzaky, the Hussainiyya Shrine, the facilities at Dambo Darul Rahma do not appear to be wholly conducted after following due process. The demolition of the premises at the Jushi cemetery where Sheikh Zakzaky’s mother and sister were buried and the destruction of the Fudiyya did not appear to be justified” yet the Kaduna State Government shamefully rejected this on the ground that the debris at the H u s s a i n i y y ah Baqiyatullah, the residence of Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky (Leader of IMN) were removed on grounds of public health and safety.  They shamelessly kept mute on demolition of the premises at the Jushi cemetery where Sheikh Zakzaky’s mother and sister were buried and the destruction of the Fudiyyah Islamic centre, where there was no debris at all.
16. The Islamic Movement in Nigeria implores all well meaning Nigerians to call the Governor of Kaduna State to order. His sole mission is to engineer a justification for further hostile action against the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and its leaders.
17. In the meantime, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria is in consultation with its Legal Team on the next line of action and will issue a fuller after completing these consultations.
Signed
Sheikh AbdulHamid Bello
Islamic Movement in Nigeria
08/12/16
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