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IMN undeterred as court examines Zakzaky quest for freedom

23 May 2016, 15:58Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has alleged intimidation by state security personnel ahead of the resumption of a court process to determine the legality of detaining its leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, and others.

The hearing is set for the Abuja High Court today (Monday).

The movement has also applied for the fundamental rights other members of the movement that lost their lives and their properties in the skirmishes of December 12-14.

Ibrahim Musa, IMN spokesperson, said seeking redress through peaceful had generated intimidation by the government and the Army to deter it and instigate the movement into violence.

This, he said, had not gone down well with the perpetrators.

“Hence, it is evident that in trying to stop the movement from going to court, the government is using the Department of State Service (DSS) to intimidate the legal team leader of the IMN and respected human rights lawyer Femi Falana,” said Musa.

He explained why IMN had sought legal redress and foregone a commission established by the Kaduna State to probe the killings of its members in December.

Also read: Nigerian Amry denies handing over 347 bodies to Kaduna Govt.

Musa absolved Falana from the move.

“We wish to state categorically here that the decision by the IMN to seek redress in the court of law and stay away from the Kangaroo Commission is that of the leader of the Movement, His Eminence Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and not that of Femi Falana.”

Musa reiterated the demand for the immediate and unconditional release of Zakzaky and other members, justice to victims perpetrators of the genocide to be punished accordingly.

“The movement will follow the laid down rules and procedures in seeking redress and no amount of intimidation and provocation will deter it from the path of truth and justice.”

Zakzaky and scores of members of the movement were arrested during the Zaria massacre.

Many unarmed civilians were killed with the Army claiming it had responded to the Shia 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.

- CAJ News


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