Shi’ite Members Demand Unconditional Release of Shiek El-Zakzaky

It was another day for members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) to demand for the release of their leader and mentor, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky who has been in incarcerated since December 12, 2015, when members of the sect had a face off with the military.
In a protest that shut down the city of Kaduna, Wednesday, faithful of the sect asked the Federal Government to release their leader unconditionally.
The protesters who were mostly students under auspices of Academic Forum of the movement lamented their leader was been detained more than necessary.
The group said: “It is pathetic that contrary to Nigerian constitution that said nobody can be detained more than 24 hours without being charged to the court, sheik El-Zakzaky has been in custody for 50days which is a violation of his constitutional right.”
“We must accept the fact that students lay the foundation stone of the future of all societies because the youthful stage of a student is a prominent stage compared to all stages of life. It is a stage where students learn life issues and how to tackle challenges ahead and how to build a beautiful life. This is a stage where the growth and development of every Nation is determined.
“It is now six weeks on, since when the Nigerian Army launched a coordinated crackdown massacre on members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria under the guardianship of his eminence Allamah Shaikh Ibraheem Zakzaky. Tens of students were brutally killed by the Nigerian Army and hundreds more are still under illegal detentions.
“This is a display of inhumane and gross violation of fundamental human rights against fellow Nigerian Citizens. Based on the list that the Islamic Movement compiled, 750 men and women are either in military detentions or murdered.
“Amongst them are dozens of students, excluding the 220 others that are presently in Kaduna, some Prison languishing with gun shots injuries without medical treatment. Children killed in 2014 by the same Army also blocked way? Does the house of Shaikh Zakzaky that was set on fire with people inside and later demolished blocked way?
“What about killing of finally, we are calling for the immediate release of Allamah Shaikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife as well as all others in detention. The perpetrators of these demonic acts be brought to book for the crime against humanity we demand Justice right now”, the forum said.
The leader of the protest Mikaeel Yusuf said, following the military assault on the residents of Sheikh El-Zakzaky and two of their centres, 730 of their members have been missing while 220 are in Kaduna prison, among them women and students.
They marched from Katsina Roundabout to Kano Road junction on Ahmadu Bello Way, before turning to Kano Road down to Tudun Wada, while shops hurriedly shut during the protest.

Author: News Editor

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