Ashura Procession: Shiites Accuse Police Of Killing 12 Across The Nation

 

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria claims that at least a dozen persons have been killed by police officers across the nation, during the Ashura mourning procession today.

In a statement by its spokesman, Mr Ibrahim Musa, the IMN said at least three people were confirmed killed by the police in Kaduna and 10 others injured, some fatally.

This Mr Musa said happened when thousands of Muslims trooped out in the early hours of Tuesday commemorating the tragic events of Ashura.

The IMN spokesman further stated that in Bauchi, there are reports that three people were killed during the Ashura procession when the police attacked the mourners.

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He added that three other people were killed by the police in Azare, also in Bauchi state.

“Another three people were killed by the police in Gombe, Gombe State”, the IMN spokesman claimed.

He also went on to say that one person was reportedly killed by the police in Illela, during the Ashura procession there, and another person was killed in Goronyo all in Sokoto state.

“In Malumfashi, Katsina state also another person was killed. In Katsina town however, several people sustained bullet wounds when the police opened fire on the mourners, not only during the mourning procession, but afterwards as the well armed policemen attempted to forcibly make their way into the Islamic centre of the Movement.

“These casualty figures may however rise due to the fatal gunshot wounds sustained by some of the peaceful mourners,” Mr Musa said.

This year’s Ashura procession was held in all the state capitals of the North and Abuja. It ended peacefully in Abuja, Jos, Kebbi, Minna, Lafia, Yola, Gusau, Zaria, Kano, Jalingo, Damaturu, Hadejia and Potiskum.

The IMN spokesman said the deaths today come on the heels of the orders by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu banning the Shiites from holding their Ashau procession.

He claimed that the mourning procession ended peacefully in places not attacked by the police, arguing that this is sufficient evidence as to who the instigators of violence are whenever the group is carrying out its religious duties.

Kaduna Govt. Orders Arrest of Shiites’ Spokesman

Shiites, Islamic Movement Nigeria, Ibrahim-MusaThe Kaduna State Government has ordered the arrest and subsequent prosecution of one Ibrahim Musa who has owned up to being the spokesperson of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).

An order declaring the IMN as an unlawful society in Kaduna State went into effect on Friday, October 7, 2016. Violation of this order attracts penalty of imprisonment for seven years or a fine or both, according to sections 97a and 97b of the Penal Code.

A statement released on Sunday by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Kaduna state, Samuel Aruwan, says that Musa, a few hours after the commencement of the Order, admitted to being a member of the outlawed group, and subsequently identified himself as its spokesman in widely publicized statements.

According to the statement, Musa’s utterances are deemed as a deliberate and determined affront to the government order, hence the law has to take its course.

The government’s statement also directs the state Commissioner of Police to ensure the arrest of Ibrahim Musa to enable his prompt prosecution by the Kaduna State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice.

All security agencies in the state have been directed to vigorously enforce the law, and demonstrate clear resolve by arresting the said Ibrahim Musa, who is further advised to report himself to the nearest police station or any of the security agencies.

Shiites/Army Clash: Group Says Commission’s Indictment Is Biased

ShiiteMembers of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria have described their indictment by the Judicial Commission of Enquiry into the December 12, 2015 clash between them and the Nigerian Army as biased and full of distortions.

Reacting to the report that was released by the Kaduna State government, spokesman for the Shiites, Ibrahim Musa, wondered why the commission indicted the group as being responsible for the bloody clash in Zaria, whereas their leader, Shiekh Ibrahim El Zakzaky was never given the opportunity to appear before the commission and defend himself.

Mr Musa said that the failure of the commission to invite El Zakzaky to state his own side of the story during the sittings, or visit him in Abuja where he is being detained for the past seven months, clearly showed that the panel was not fair to the movement from the beginning.

He also criticised part of the report that recommended the trial of their members involved in the killing of a soldier, as well as the recommendation that their lands in some part of Zaria which were acquired illegally should be revoked by the Kaduna State government.

The Shiites’ spokesman further demanded for the immediate and unconditional release of their leader from detention.

He maintained that the commission’s report would not stop the movement from pursuing its litigation against the Army and Federal Government until justice was done to them.

Zakzaky’s Lawyers Withdraw Appearance Before Commission Of Inquiry

ZakzakyThe team of lawyers representing the Islamic Movement in Nigeria before the Commission of Inquiry have withdrawn their appearance before the Commission.

Addressing reporters on Tuesday, a member of the legal team, Festus Okoye, said that their inability to have access to their client and leader of the movement, Sheik Ibraheem El- Zakzaky in detention, informed their reason to discontinue their appearance before the Commission.

He explained the frustration they had encountered in their effort to have access to El-Zakzaky, who is currently being detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) in Abuja.

Mr Okoye said that all attempts made severally to meet with their client in order to get briefing from him was frustrated by the Police and DSS in spite of the assurances given to them earlier to meet with him.

While condemning the action of the DSS and Federal Government, the lawyer pointed out that the continuous detention of El Zakzaky and his wife without charging them to court, violates their fundamental rights to fair hearing and justice.

According to Mr Okoye, the legal team representing the Movement would not participate in a pre-determined position and agenda against their client and the group and neither will they continue to represent a client, whose whereabouts are shrouded in secrecy.

On her part, one of the daughters of El-Zakzaky condemned the continuous detention of her parents and other members of the Movement.

Mrs Suhaila Ibraheem expressed dismay that the DSS could still arrest and detain her parents after soldiers unjustly shot and killed several members of the Movement at their residence in Zaria.

At another press conference, members of the Islamic Movement said that they had petitioned the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, over the continuous detention of El Zakzaky by the DSS as well as other members currently in various detention facilities across the country.

The members, through their spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, noted that by the continuous detention of their leader and other members, the Nigerian government had waged an open war on the Movement and its leadership with the intent to exterminate them.

With barely a week left for the Commission of Inquiry to conclude its assignment, the Shiites are insisting that until they have access to their leader in order to ascertain his true state of health, they will not appear before the Commission.

This is in view that he is the custodian of the property and activities of the Movement and only him can give the express permission for them to appear.

The Commission of Inquiry was set up by the Kaduna State Government to investigate the violent clash between the group and soldiers in Zaria on December 12, 2015.

Shiites Seek ICC’s Intervention Over Leader’s Detention

El-Zakzaky International-Criminal-Court interventionThe Islamic Movement In Nigeria has petitioned the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague over the continuous detention of its leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

El-Zakzaky is being detained by the Department of State Services (DSS).

In the petition, the Shiites also sought the ICC’s intervention in the release of other members currently in various detention facilities across Nigeria.

‘An Open War’

Addressing a news conference in Kaduna on Monday, the Shiite members through their spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, condemned the continuous detention of El-Zakzaky 100 days after he was arrested by soldiers during the December 12, 2015, violent clash between members of the movement and soldiers in Zaria.

They stated that by the continuous detention of their leader and other members, the Nigerian government had waged an open war on the movement and its leadership with the intent to exterminate them.

According to them, the unlawful detention of hundreds of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria at the Kaduna Central Prison and several other undisclosed detention centres across the country, showed that they would not get justice from the Commission of Inquiry set up by the Kaduna State government to investigate the incident.

They also claimed that since the attack, which took place 100 days ago, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and its leadership have been further subjected to targeted, unwarranted and vicious attack by the Kaduna State government, the military, the police and some hired and hack writers engaged by some faceless individuals to attack the leadership and its members.

They lamented that all efforts made by their legal team led by Mr Femi Falana and Mr Festus Okoye to see El-Zakzaky in detention at the DSS facility in Abuja for the purposes of submitting memorandum to the Judicial Commission of Inquiry had been fruitless.

The Shiites further explained that they had completely lost confidence in the Kaduna Judicial Commission of Inquiry for its inability to enforce their orders to the security forces to allow them access to Shiekh Zakzaky.

Zaria Clash: Shiites Vow Not to Appear Before NHRC Investigative Panel

Shiites- Islamic MovementMembers of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria on Thursday vowed not to appear before the National Human Rights Commission ( NHRC) panel investigating the violent clash between them and the Nigerian Army.

In a statement issued by their spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, and made available to Channels Television, the Shiites said the reason they will not appear before the panel was due to the fact that its impartiality has been compromised and therefore, will not be fair to them.

They also posited that the tenure of the commission’s governing council had expired as at the time of setting up of the Panel.

According to the statement, under the rules of the commission, the Executive Secretary of the commission lacks the constitutional powers to decide on petitions, cases and complaints of violations of human rights received from individuals or groups.

Though they had earlier agreed to appear before any panel set up by the Human Rights Commission, the Shiites claimed they were no longer comfortable with the methodology adopted by the commission in relation to the matter on ground.

According to the statement, a letter to that effect has already been sent to the Chairman, Panel of Investigation of the National Human Rights Commission, Mr Tony Ojukwu.

Army/Shiites Clash: El-Rufai Inaugurates Commission Of Inquiry

El-RufaiThe Kaduna State Governor has inaugurated the Judicial Commission of Inquiry (JCI) into the clash between Shiite members and the Nigerian Army.

At the Inauguration ceremony on Friday, Governor Nasir El-Rufai asked the members to be fair and just to every party involved as required by the constitution and the Rules of Natural Justice.

According to Mr El-Rufai, the JCI’s assignment is to determine the immediate causes of the clash, examine the historical circumstances and contributory factors and to ascertain the number of persons killed, wounded or missing during the clashes.

The Governor added that it would also identify actions and omissions of relevant persons, traditional and religious institutions, Federal and State actors and emergency response agencies before, during and after the clashes among others.

He also dismissed the insinuations in some quarters that only the Federal Government has the power to establish the JCI. He said that under the 1999 Constitution, only state governments can institute Judicial Commissions of Inquiry in their states.

Governor El-Rufai said that the report and recommendation of the commission would enable the Kaduna State government and the general public to understand the historical background of what led to the incident and how it can be averted in the future.

In their response, the Chairman of the JCI, Justice Mohammed Garba, assured the Governor that the panel would do a thorough job without fear or favour.

Meanwhile, the spokesman of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria popularly known as Shiites Movement, Ibrahim Musa, insists that they would not appear before the commission, because they do not have confidence in the composition of the panel.

The 13-member panel, which has six weeks to submit its report, has the former United Nations permanent representative, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Salisu Shehu, Professor Umar Labdo, Professor Auwalu Yadudu, Mr Afakriya Gadzama, Major General Alexander Mshelbwala (Rtd) among others as members.

Shiites Demand Zakzaky’s Unconditional Release

ZakzakyMembers of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria are demanding for the unconditional release of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, from detention.

The group said that without El-Zakzaky’s release, they would shun the Judicial Commission Inquiry set up by the Kaduna State Government.

The committee was set up to investigate the cause of the December 12, 2015 clash between members of the movement popularly known as Shiite and the Nigerian Army in Zaria.

The incident led to the death of several people in which the Nigerian Army and the group have been trading blames over who was responsible for the clash after the incident.

The Shiites maintained in a statement issued by their spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, that El-Zakzaky, being the custodian of the documents of the movement, was in the best position to give approval for members to appear before the committee as no other member has such powers to do so.

They also insisted that the military and the Police must make public, the number of their members in the various detention facilities across the north.

The Shiites further demanded that the commission must give full assurance of protecting their members that would appear before it to give evidence.
They asked the Kaduna State Government and the state’s Police Command to disclose the number of persons it has charged to court and the number of persons it has in prison custody.

According to the statement: “The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria should be released unconditionally. The Nigerian government is holding the leader of the movement incommunicado, knowing that he is the custodian of the documents of the movement and has to give direction to the movement in the preparation of its memorandum and the assembling of its witnesses.

“The Nigerian military and the Nigerian Police must make a full disclosure of the number of persons in their various detention centres and grant lawyers of the movement access to most of them.

“The Nigerian military and the Nigerian Police must also make full disclosure of the number of persons they took to the various hospitals and the location of the hospitals to enable the lawyers of the movement have access to them and interview them preparatory to the inauguration of the commission,” the statement read.

Army-Shiites Clash: Northern Governor Summon Emergency Meeting In Kaduna

shiite-ArmyGovernors of the 19 northern states have summoned an emergency meeting following the recent fracas between the Army and members of the Islamic Movement in Zaria, Kaduna State.

A statement issued by Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, said that the decision to summon the emergency meeting followed consultations between the governors over recent happenings.

He said the northern governors were worried by the situation and hence their resolve to wade into the matter with a view to frontally address the problem.

The Governors called on citizens and warring parties involved in the incident to remain calm and exercise restraint, assuring that far reaching steps would be taken to guarantee restoration of normalcy in a sustained manner.

They called on citizens to go about their activities peacefully and in obedience to lawful provisions.

The Forum reaffirmed that governments across the 19 states would at all times take measures that will promote peace and public safety, as well as justice and fairness to all citizens, in line with constitutional provisions.

The Nigerian Army had earlier claimed that the Shiite sect’s attack on the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Tukur Buratai, led to the clash between soldiers and members of the group.

However, the Acting Spokesman of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim Musa, while speaking to Channels Television, claimed that the Nigerian Army is to blame for the crisis.

He explained that trouble started when the sect members felt uncomfortable with the presence of soldiers on a day they were having their procession, recalling that soldiers had opened fire on them in a similar situation in 2014.

“Last year the soldiers opened fire on the Muslim brothers while they were doing a Quds Day rally. So with this in mind the brothers told them that it is not proper for them to be stationed just opposite the Hosenia and they asked them to move back,” he said.

“When the soldiers who were many in number, decided to move back, then the brothers started thinking that they had gone to bring more reinforcement; that was when the crisis started, Musa added.

We Do Not Carry Arms, Shiite Spokesman Says

ShiiteThe Acting Spokesman of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim Musa, has insisted that the Nigerian Army is to blame for the crisis between the Shiite sect and soldiers in Kaduna.

Mr Musa was the guest of Sunrise Daily on Channels Television where he relayed what transpired on Saturday, December 12, between members of the sect and soldiers which initially led to the killing of seven persons.

He explained that trouble started when the sect members felt uncomfortable with the presence of soldiers on a day they were having their procession, recalling that soldiers had opened fire on them in a similar situation in 2014.

“Last year the soldiers opened fire on the Muslim brothers while they were doing a Quds Day rally. So with this in mind the brothers told them that it is not proper for them to be stationed just opposite the Hosenia and they asked them to move back.

“When the soldiers who were many in number, decided to move back, then the brothers started thinking that they had gone to bring more reinforcement; that was when the crisis started.

“It was then that the Army Chief’s convoy came and the brothers were not comfortable with what might transpire. After some negotiation with both sides, they then started opening fire and killed seven people on the spot and they got passage after dispersing the brothers.

“What surprised us is when the Army Chief had passed, why should they come back and lay siege on the Hosenia? They also went to the residence of our leader, Sheik Ibrahim Zak-Kaky and this confrontation went on right from 1pm on that beautiful Saturday down till Sunday morning,” he said.

The spokesman accused the Army of killing several members of the Shiites sect and using grenades during the onslaught.

Machete Is Not A Weapon

Mr Musa also exonerated the sect members from initiating the violence that has left several people dead.

“Our Muslim brothers, right from our history in the movement for the past 40 years, it is known that we have never taken any arms, we have never attacked anybody. We are only trying to make people understand the true teachings of the Prophet Mohammed (s.a.a.w.).

“We don’t carry arms and even the soldiers confessed that they didn’t see any gun or something of that nature. They only saw catapult and other local tools like machetes,” he said debunking claims that the sect members used petrol bombs to attack the soldiers.

“We have never made any petrol bombs but machetes. Who hasn’t any machetes in his house? Machete is just what you use in cutting something that is strong. So I see no reason why machete should be termed as a weapon, machete is not a weapon.

“How can you compare a gun and a machete? It’s just ridiculous, it’s not possible, we haven’t ever used any petrol bomb throughout our 40 years in this movement, and we have never carried arms.

“So they are just trying to make it up that we are the ones who attacked them and it’s ridiculous to say we tried to assassinate the Chief of Army Staff.”

Ulterior Motives

He also accused the Army of having ulterior motives, claiming that there must have been a plan to attack the Islamic Movement of Nigeria.

“If there was no ulterior motives, after the passage of the Chief of Army Staff, they might have taken us to the Police or they should call higher authorities then the matter could be discussed and we can identify what the cause of the problem was but they did not stop there. They came back encircling the Hosenia and killed thousands of people there.

“In the mortuary of the Ahmadu Bello University hospital, it was confirmed to us that about 800 corpses were there before they took them yesterday.

“If it is just a matter of passage, it is a small issue but they encircled the place and went after the Sheik, which means it has already been planned that they want to attack the whole movement itself.”

 

Shiites Reject FG’s Investigative Panel, Demand Fresh One

kaduna-ShiiteMembers of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria have kicked against the composition of an investigative panel of enquiry into the recent clash between their members and soldiers in Zaria, which left scores of their members dead.

The members, in a statement through their spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, expressed lack of confidence in the constituted panel being headed by the Area Police Commander.

The Shiites said that the Area Commander, being of a junior officer when compared to the perpetrators of the attack on their members, might not be fair to all parties, since the matter involveed a high ranking officer of a Lt. General.

They also expressed sadness over the inability of the Interior Minister, LT General Abdulrahaman Dambazau, to visit injured members who were being treated in the Hospital, during his visit to Zaria.

The sect, however, demanded that a high powered investigative panel be constituted, which would be headed by a high ranking officer. They also demanded a leader whose members would cut across human rights organisations and other highly respected elder statesmen.

Part of their statement read: “The Army authorities today evacuated the corpses they deposited at the morgue of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital and buried them in unknown mass graves.

“This is a very unfortunate episode in the massacre of innocent Muslims conducted by the Nigerian Army.

“How can people whose parents and relatives are all known be buried without proper Islamic burial? This is against all known Islamic laws and principles and even the international laws. The Nigerian Army has desecrated our dead.

“We hereby demand the location of the mass burial, and the interrogation of those who ordered the operation”.

Early this week the Federal Government sent a high powered delegation led by the Interior Minister, General Dambazau to assess the situation.

Shiite Claims Military Killed At Least 500

Shiite Alleges Military Kills At Least 500Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, popularly known as Shiite, have claimed that at least 500 of their colleagues have allegedly been killed by soldiers.

The group blamed the Army authorities for the loss of lives in Zaria, Kaduna State, north-west Nigeria and called on the international community and human rights groups to probe the killings.

The President of the Media Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim Musa, told Channels Television that the soldiers also destroyed the house of their leader, Sheik Ibraheem Zakzaky, located in Gyellesu area in Zaria.

Describing the killings as unjustifiable, Musa said the soldiers had cordoned off the area and were laying siege within Zakzaky’s premises.

The Second-in-Command to the group’s leader, Sheik Muhammad Turi and the group’s spokesman, Ibrahim Usman, were said to have been shot by soldiers in front of Zakzaky’s residence on Sunday morning.

The latest development is said to have created apprehension in the ancient city, as most residents have remained indoors for fear of further violence.