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Shi’ite leader accused of running parallel government

30 December 2015, 12:30

Abuja - The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, has been accused of running a parallel government in the North, Punch reports.

A renowned Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmed Gumi, made the accusation on Tuesday while speaking with newsmen in Kaduna.

He alleged that for the 40 years of its existence, the Shi’ite sect had been conducting military training for its members.

The cleric recalled that the late President Umaru Yar’Adua told him of the massive importation of weapons to different parts of the country and made mentioned of Iran as supplying arms to the El-Zakzaky-led movement.

Also read: Nigeria Shiite spokesman: Wounded members dying in detention

Gumi maintained that he had last year written a letter, warning about the danger of blocking highways by the Shi’ite sect “where his (El-Zakzaky) followers travelled on foot from all over the country to Zaria.”

He added that the blockage of roads as allegedly done by the Shi’ites “is an abomination in Islam

Leader of the Shi’ite Islamic sect Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky was on Tuesday remanded in prison custody by a chief magistrate.

He was arraigned at the Chief Magistrates’ Court 1, Zaria Road, Kaduna and charged with criminal conspiracy and inciting public disturbances.

Read more at Punch

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