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Shiite Sect Alleges Extra-Judicial Assasination Of Members In Nigerian Military Detention

Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) yesterday alleged that another of their members in military detention has been shot and killed.

The Ibraheem Elzakzaky-led IMN, alleged that a member of the sect, Abbas Isiyaku, was allegedly shot and denied medical attention yesterday by his captors.

Head of the sect’s media forum, Ibrahim Musa, said in a statement that 13 ‘critically wounded’ members of the movement were still being held in Kaduna prison as at yesterday.

“Many more others, number unknown, are still being held incommunicado at various military barracks and other detention centres without access to medical care. This is inclusive of our leader Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife.

“Many of those that died much earlier, died in similar circumstances, when being shot and wounded, soldiers prevented access to them for prompt medical care even to the Red Cross officials. It is very unfortunate that in our democratic country, the army still detains civilians without proper recourse to the law of the land. We don’t know if Kaduna has already been declared a state under emergency law. If not, why should people arrested by the army still be in army gulags for almost 3 weeks?” Musa queried.

He said the IMN was therefore calling on civil liberty organisations and other well-meaning Nigerians to help tell the federal government to release its members still in detention, most especially those with various degrees of bullet and burn wounds they sustained since December 12, 2015 during the brutal clamp down.

“Failure to release them will belie the response of the COAS to members of the committee set up by NSCIA, by appreciating the concern of NSCIA in this avoidable incident,” he added.

The sect also demanded the immediate release of the corpses of its members in military custody “which are in their hundreds.”

“And if as it is being speculated, they have buried them in mass graves, then they should inform the world where the mass graves are. These people they murdered extra judicially are Nigerians with families and relatives who are ready to own their corpses and have rights to them,” Musa added.

 

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