An Islamic Shiite group, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, says following the clash between its members and the Nigerian army on December 12, 2015, 730 of its members are still missing, while 220 others, some of them with fatal gun wounds and burns, are currently in detention centres.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by the group’s spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, who also disclosed that the leader of the Islamic sect, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenah, were recuperating from gunshot wounds at an undisclosed location in Abuja.
According to the statement, a contact committee set up by the National Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, visited El-zakzaky on Wednesday and met him, his wife and sister at their incarceration location in Abuja.
It said that the ability to locate the trio was a good development, stressing that it was a step forward in quelling the anxiety of millions of Muslims and Non-Muslims in knowing the whereabouts of the Sheikh and the condition of his health.
“So far, we have been able to establish some figures that indicate how gruesome the avoidable attack by the Nigerian Army has been.
“In our list, there are about 730 people, men and women, who are still missing since that fateful Saturday 12th December, 2015. These missing people were either killed by the army or are in detention. Their whereabouts is still unknown and undisclosed.
“Also, there are 220 brothers of the Islamic movement in detention in Kaduna Central prison, some of them with fatal gun wounds and burns.
“Reliable reports from some detention facilities owned by the Nigerian Army in Kaduna, Bauchi and Abuja have confirmed the detention of some brothers of the Islamic movement therein,” the statement said.
The group demanded for justice and called for the unconditional release of the Shiite leader and his followers, as well as the bodies of those killed, for burial according to Islamic rites.
It also called on human rights activists to pressurize the Federal Government to ensure that justice is done, and urged the government to set up an independent judicial commission of inquiry under the supervision of international community to look into the killings.