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IMN denies sabotaging probe into Zaria clashes

08 March 2016, 20:39

Abuja - The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has denied claims it is holding the Judicial Commission of Inquiry (JCI) into the deadly clashes in Zaria into ransom.

The commission is probing the skirmishes that occurred in December last year in the Kaduna city.

IMN has rejected an offer to appear at the inquiry citing bias by officials and demanding the release of its jailed leader of the movement, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky.

Recently, counsel to the commission, Yunus Ustas Usman, was quoted as accusing the IMN of “holding the commission to ransom.”

Usman is quoted as saying IMN had other stakeholders that it could rely on if it was not able to secure a meeting with El-Zakzaky.

“The IMN views the statement made by Yunus Ustas Usman as capable of grossly misleading the general public on who actually is stalling proceedings in order to achieve an already clear set agenda of indicting the movement,” said Ibrahim Musa, spokesperson of IMN.

Also read: WATCH: Army officers, Shiites members clash in Zaria

He said IMN maintained Zakzaky was the leader and custodian of its properties.

Thus, he argued, it will be “unjust”, “unfair” and “against the tenets of the rule of law and due process” for the leader to be held incommunicado.

Musa said for justice to prevail, IMN demanded the unconditional release of Zakzaky to lead the movement to the JCI.

He said the leader of the movement must be presumed innocent of whatever offence he is suspected of having committed.

“He cannot be held incommunicado and a Judicial Commission of Inquiry presumably be set up to determine the remote causes of the crisis.”

The clashes in Zaria emanated from the army saying it was responding to Zakzaky’s followers' attempt to assassinate the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.

This claim has been strongly rejected by the Islamic movement and several human rights organisations who argue that the attack was pre-planned.

In January, the Kaduna State Government formed the Commission for Judicial Inquiry into the causes of clashes. 




- CAJ News

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