IMN Condemns Transfer Of El-Zakzaky, Wife From DSS Custody To Prison

BREAKING: Court Fixes October To Rule On El-Zakzaky's Bail Application
Ibrahim El-Zakzaky addresses reporters in Abuja in January 2018.

 

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has condemned the transfer of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife from the custody of Department of State Security Service to the Kaduna central Correctional Service as ordered today by the state high court.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the IMN spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, noted that any attempt to take El- Zakzaky and his wife to anywhere other than a hospital that is sufficiently equipped to handle their medical needs amounts to punishing them further.

The group also lamented that the facilities at the Kaduna Central Prison where the couple were taken to, are dilapidated.

According to the statement, it was in that very prison that some survivors of the Zaria genocide of December 2015 died due to lack of medical attention.

“It can therefore never be a substitute for appropriately furnished medical facility that can take care of their urgent medical needs,” the statement read in part.

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Read the full statement below.

*We Are Vehemently Opposed To Subjecting Sheikh Zakzaky To Further Hardships In Whatever Guise*

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria condemns the wicked antics adopted today in court by the Kaduna state government through their prosecuting counsels aimed at humiliating our leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, and subjecting him to further hardships. These mischievous moves by the Elrufai government were equally meant to ridicule the formidable legal team of the Sheikh, who had consistently defeated their team in all cases thus far, including securing a landmark favourable judgement ordering the immediate release of the ailing Sheikh and his wife, both of whom the government is still detaining in contempt of a competent court order.

It will be recalled that the Kaduna state government had chosen a path of dishonour and shame in charging the Sheikh and his wife for aiding and abetting alleged offences they couldn’t prove in the same court against hundreds of his supporters.

They refused to diligently pursue the case, but rather use one flimsy excuse or the other to delay making any progress in the case because of their knowledge that they don’t have a case against them. When the court granted them medical leave to go and seek urgent medical attention in India, the government had opposed, trying to rather put obstacles on their paths.

Then they attempted to assassinate the Sheikh, with the active connivance of NIA, in India. That too was botched with the Sheikh opting to rather return to Nigeria. Since that return, the Sheikh and his wife have been largely held incommunicado. No contact with their legal representatives was given and only a minimal contact with doctors, and even that only after the Sheikh’s wife took seriously ill in detention.

We, therefore, take a very strong exception to the misinformation in court today that they were being allowed unfettered access to their legal representatives. To rub salt to injury, the prosecuting counsels had requested the court to order the immediate transfer of these very ill persons to the ill-equipped Kaduna Convict Prison rather than to a well-equipped medical facility.

The Kaduna prison is dilapidated and is without any medical facility. It was in that very prison that some survivors of the Zaria genocide of December 2015 died due to lack of medical attention. It can therefore never be a substitute for appropriately furnished medical facility that can take care of their urgent medical needs.

We view any attempt to take Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife to anywhere other than a hospital that is sufficiently equipped to handle their medical needs as punishing them further.

Their absence in court again today is even worrisome, because they were equally absent during the last court session because of what their counsel, Femi Falana, said at that time, was due to their deteriorating health conditions.

We, therefore, vehemently condemn any attempt at further subjecting Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife to more hardship. We reiterate our unequivocal demand for their immediate and unconditional release. We will never waiver or succumb, and will leave no stone unturned in our legitimate demand for his freedom.

SIGNED BY

IBRAHIM MUSA
PRESIDENT MEDIA FORUM
ISLAMIC MOVEMENT IN NIGERIA
SKYPE: Ibrahim.musa42
05/12/2019

Court Orders Transfer Of El-Zakzaky, Wife From DSS Custody To Correctional Facility

BREAKING: Court Fixes October To Rule On El-Zakzaky's Bail Application
Ibrahim El-Zakzaky addresses reporters in Abuja in January 2018.

 

 

A Kaduna state high court sitting in the state capital has ordered that the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife be transferred from the custody of the DSS to a correctional centre in the state.

The trial judge, Justice Gideon Kudafa in his ruling on Thursday says the decision to remand the IMN leader and his wife in a correctional facility is to enable their lawyers and doctors to have easy access to them.

He, therefore, adjourned the case to February the 6th for the commencement of trial.

The IMN leader is facing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of the public peace, among other charges.

The trial judge, Justice Gideon Kudafa had on March the 26th adjourned the case indefinitely following his appointment as a member of the Election Petition Tribunal in Yobe State.

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El-Zakzaky and his wife were not in court during the last proceedings, although their counsel, Femi Falana, claimed that their absence was due to their deteriorated health conditions.

He and his wife (Zeenat) were denied bail by the presiding judge during the last sitting on January 22, 2018.

In the application for bail filed by El Zakzaky’s lawyer, Femi Falana, on his behalf at the last sitting, the legal practitioner prayed the court to give a mandatory order for his client and his wife to be flown abroad.

Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, informed the court that this was to enable them to receive proper medical attention since the Federal Government has glaringly failed to cure them of the injuries they sustained during the alleged army’s onslaught on their residence in December 2015.

The judge in his ruling, however, ordered that El Zakzaky should be allowed by the government to bring doctors of his choice to examine him in the presence of doctors from the government before the date of the next sitting.

With the absence of the trial judge, Counsel to the IMN leader, Mr. Falana, filed a fresh application at another court of equal jurisdiction on July the 18th asking it to grant his clients leave to seek medical attention abroad and thereafter return for the continuation of their trial.

Consequently, on August the 5th, the presiding judge, Justice Darius Khobo ordered that the IMN leader and his wife be accompanied abroad by officials of the Kaduna State government.

The presiding judge ruled that El-Zakzaky and his wife should proceed to India for medical treatment, after which they will return to Nigeria to face their trial.

Banned IMN Vows To Mark Dec 2015 Remembrance

 

Members of the banned Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) have vowed to hold a procession in remembrance of the December 15, 2015 confrontation with soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna State.

A statement issued on Friday by the IMN spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, stressed that no amount of intimidation or harassment by security agencies will stop them from marking the four years remembrance.

He asked the Federal Government to honour a court order and free their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife with immediate effect.

Mr. Musa also condemned the attack by the Police on members of IMN during the Eid-El Maulud procession in Kaduna state on Thursday to mark the birth of Prophet Mohammed.

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But the Kaduna State Police Command restated that the ban on all forms of processions in the State is still in force and will not hesitate to deal with any person or group of persons who cause disharmony or breach public peace and safety within the ambit of the law.

The command’s spokesman, DSP Yakubu Sabo in a statement, said the IMN members violated the ‘no procession ban’ by carrying out an illegal procession in the Kaduna state capital and Zaria on Thursday.

He explained that some members of the outlawed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) were sighted at the Central area of Kaduna Metropolis on Thursday, and operatives promptly responded by dispersing them and ensured public order and safety without any casualty.

16 Dead In Stampede At Iraqi Shiite Shrine – Ministry

Iraqi Shiites in costumes re-enact events of Ashura in the central city of Najaf during the mourning procession on the tenth day of Muharram which marks the day of Ashura, on September 10, 2019. The day of Ashura is commemorated by Shiite Muslims worldwide and marks the climax of mourning rituals in the Islamic month of Muharram for the 7th century killing of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed, in the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD.

 

At least 16 pilgrims died on Tuesday in a stampede at a major shrine in the Iraqi city of Karbala as they were marking the holy day of Ashura, the health ministry said.

Another 75 people were injured at the shrine around 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of Baghdad, said spokesman Saif al-Badr, stressing that the toll was not final.

Hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims swarm Karbala every year to commemorate the death of Hussein, Prophet Mohammad’s grandson.

Ashura: Ban On Procession Applicable To IMN Members Only – IGP

 

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has said that the ban on procession placed by the Force is only binding on members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria. 

According to a statement by police spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, the IGP’s others is not binding on non-IMN Muslims marking Ashura.

In his bid to clarify the Force’s position on procession, the police boss stressed that the ban on processions is applicable to members of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria only.

This clarification comes just as Muslims mark the commemoration of “Ashura” throughout the country along with other Muslims across the world.

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IGP Adamu said all other Muslims are free to carry out the annual “Ashura” procession in line with their faith, he however warned that they should do so within the confines of the law.

He also urged them to guard against infiltration by “unscrupulous elements” who may want to take advantage of the event to cause disruption of public peace, order and security.

According to the police spokesman’s communique, the IGP has directed all Commissioners of Police and their respective supervisory Assistant Inspectors-General of Police in Commands and Zones to give full effect to the above clarifications and ensure that non-IMN Muslims are not in any way restricted from exercising their freedom of religion, worship and peaceful assembly.

The IGP also enjoined members of the public to be calm and go about their lawful businesses, noting that the Force is doing all within its capacity to ensure there is no breach of the peace, law and order anywhere in the country.

IMN Says Police Killed Three Shiites During Ashura Procession

 

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has alleged that the police killed three of its members during their annual Ashura procession in Kaduna on Tuesday.

The group had defied yesterday’s warning by the Kaduna state police command against embarking on the procession, by coming out in their large numbers to mark the day around Bakin Ruwa area in the Western by-pass of the state capital.

READ ALSO: Ashura: Ban On Procession Applicable To IMN Members Only – IGP

Spokesman of the IMN, Ibrahim Musa, claims that three of their members were killed when policemen opened fire on the Shiite members while they were on a peaceful procession along the Nnamdi Azikiwe Western by-pass on Tuesday morning

But the police have denied the allegation through its spokesman, DSP Yakubu Sabo, who told our correspondent that there was no report of attack on the IMN members or any killing of its members stating that the claim that three people were killed is just to draw public sympathy .

IGP Directs Police Commissioners To Avert Planned IMN Procession

A file photo of IGP Mohammed Adamu. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has directed the Commissioners of Police in all the States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), to put measures in place to avert any planned procession by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).

The order follows a decision by the IMN to proceed on a yearly peaceful Ashura procession on September 10, despite proscription.

According to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, the activities of the group remains illegal and will be treated as such.

”The Force notes that in line with the Terrorism (Prevention) Proscription Order Notice 2019 of 26th July 2019, the activities of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria have been proscribed.

“Consequently, all gathering or procession by the group remains ultimately illegal and will be treated as a gathering in the advancement of terrorism.

“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has directed the Commissioners of Police in all the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja as well as their supervisory Assistant Inspectors-General of Police to put in place concrete measures to avert any planned procession and/or disruption of public peace by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, anywhere in the country.”

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The statement quoted the police boss, asking parents the general public and guardians to provide the necessary information and avoid their wards from being cajoled into embarking on ‘illegal’ activities by the group.

“The IGP also enjoins the public to avail the Force with useful information as regards the activities of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

“In addition, the IGP has also advised parents and guardians to prevail on their children and wards not to be cajoled into embarking on illegal and ill-motivated activities by anyone or group of persons, under any guise whatsoever.“

IMN Vows To Proceed With Procession Despite Ban

Members of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shiites on Monday announced that they will embark on a procession tomorrow, September 10.

This was disclosed by IMN spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa in a video made exclusively available to Channels Television on Monday.

He described the procession as “yearly peaceful Ashura procession,” adding that it will hold in major cities across the country.

The procession, he added, is aimed at mourning their members which were brutally killed.

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“The procession is to mourn the massacre of the prophet’s grandson who was brutally killed on the 10th of Muharram which coincides with tomorrow, 10th of September.

“In fact, this peaceful mourning will take place in various European countries including New York, London. Not to talk of places like Massard in Iran and Eastern part of Saudi Arabia,” he said in the video.

The spokesperson added that the procession will hold despite the alleged plan of Nigeria Police to disrupt the procession.

“This Ashura event has been taking place in the country for decades unnoticed because security authorities do not attack us.

“We wonder why this administration decides to attack us just because we are expressing our religious duties,” he said.

He insisted that the Shiites group are “peace-loving people. Just like Islam is a religion of peace.”

The announcement of a procession by the group is coming even as the police had said that no group should hold protest or procession on major streets in the nation’s capital without a permit.

‘El-Zakzaky Conniving With Iran To Islamize Nigeria’ – FG

Court To Rule On El-Zakzaky's Bail Application August 5
A file photo of Mr Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

 

The Federal Government is alleging that the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky has the sole aim of establishing an Islamic State in Nigeria.

In a counter-affidavit filed on behalf of the government by Solicitor General of the Federation against the motion of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria challenging its proscription, the government claims the cleric had the full support of the Iranian government to achieve this aim.

Justice Evelyn Maha of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court who issued the proscription order today fixed the eleventh of September, 2019 for the hearing of the motion filed on behalf of the IMN by Mister Femi Falana.

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The adjournment is predicated on an application for extension of time filed by the Counsel to the Department of State Services.

The Department of Security Service (DSS) is asking the court for more time to enable them to regularise a motion filed in respect of the suit.

Members of IMN had earlier approached the court challenging the Federal Government’s decision proscribing the movement on the ground that it is a terrorist organisation.

Court To Hear IMN’s Suit Challenging Proscription In September

Shiites Continue Protest, Call For El-Zakzaky’s Release
FILE PHOTO: Shiites members protest in Abuja on July 19, 2019.

 

The attempt by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) to challenge their proscription by the Federal Government today has suffered a setback.

This comes as a Federal High Court presided over by Justice Evelyn Maha adjourned the suit to September 11, 2019.

The adjournment is predicated on an application for extension of time filed by the Counsel to the Department of State Services.

Department of Security Service (DSS) is asking the court for more time to enable them regularise a motion filed in respect of the suit.

Members of IMN had earlier approached the court challenging the Federal Government’s decision proscribing the movement on the ground that it is a terrorist organisation.

El-Zakzaky: IMN Accuses Nigerian Govt Of ‘Ulterior Motive’

Shiites Return To Abuja Streets After Police Clash

 

The proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has accused the Nigerian Government of ulterior motive in the treatment of its leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

The group made the allegation in a statement by its spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, on Friday shortly after the IMN leader and his wife, Zeenat, returned from India where they sought medical treatment.

It said, “It is glaringly clear that the Nigerian government had an ulterior motive it was nursing using its connections in India when it violated court order and interfered with the procedures of the Sheikh’s treatment.”

READ ALSO: Security Agents Take El-Zakzaky, Wife Into Custody

IMN confirmed the arrival of its leader following an impasse regarding El-Zakzaky’s treatment and freedom to move freely in India.

It, however, condemned the manner in which the Shiite leader was taken away from the airport on arrival, without allowing him to speak to journalists.

The group claimed that rather than treating him, medical officials were taking selfies with its leader and posting on social media.

It said such action violated El-Zakzaky’s privacy and asked the Federal Government to obey the orders of the court.

Read the full statement below:

Sheikh Zakzaky Didn’t Refuse Treatment In India

As our leader Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky has landed safely at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport today, we wish to set the records straight in order to disabuse the minds of Nigerians from the false claims perpetrated in some sponsored stories and articles in the media concerning his aborted medical treatment in India.

However, before we do that, we vehemently condemn the way the security agents whisked him away upon arrival without allowing the multitude of journalists that were waiting for him for hours to have a chat with him.

We urge the security agency holding him hostage to declare to the public where they are keeping him in the country.

It is a well-known fact that the Nigerian authorities had tried all their antics to see that the Sheikh wasn’t given medical leave.

Distrustful of the Nigerian government’s offer of a jet to take him to the destination, having survived its attempts to poison and kill him while in detention, our leader Sheikh Zakzaky declined the offer and chose to pay for his trip through the Emirates Airline.

Their ordeal started right here in Nigeria when they were scheduled to board the plane to Dubai. After a 2 hours’ drive from Kaduna to Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja, they were not given enough time to rest before boarding the plane.

They endured an 8 hours flight to Dubai and another 3 hours flight to New Delhi. Under normal circumstances, as patients suffering life-threatening ailments, they shouldn’t have been subjected to such exhaustion.

Nonetheless, our leader and his wife endured the journey hoping that they will get good treatment when they reached New Delhi.

However, despite their need for rest, they were forcibly wheeled to a hospital on arrival without their personal physician that accompanied them from Nigeria.

They were then subjected to physical examination in the absence of the doctors that initially examined them in Nigeria and when they requested for their presence, it was turned down.

Another physician that came from London was also denied access to them despite his familiarity with the Sheikh’s case from Nigeria.

It was at this point that Sheikh Zakzaky lost confidence in the whole process and refused any further attempt to have him forcibly treated.

Selfie With The Sheikh

 

Moreso, the Hospital compromised its independence and medical ethics, treating without obtaining consent of the patients.

The health workers were further more interested in taking selfie with the Sheikh and posting on social media, thereby violating their privacies.

When the Sheikh noticed some physical assault in addition to the background circumstances, he lost complete confidence in the hospital and demanded to see his own doctors for a substitute arrangement.

It is well within every patient’s right to decide whether or not to be treated and to also decide who attends to his health.

It is called giving of consent, which every sane autonomous person with capacity is entitled to. Contrary to the Nigerian government’s press statement, that misinformed that it was against “medical ethics and standard practice,” it is in fact at the very essence of medical ethics, which every elementary medical person knows.

The interference of the government raised suspicion that it was planning to kill the Sheikh in India using its international connections.

He insisted that if he would not be allowed to see the doctors that brought him to India he would rather come back to Nigeria and seek another destination for his treatment.

Physical Assault

 

This became clear because of the government’s stance insisting on other doctors than the ones that he was in India to meet. They finally decided to bring him back for refusing to succumb to be treated by their chosen doctors.

It is worth noting that the Kaduna high court allowed the Sheikh to go to India with the government only supervising, instead the federal government presented him to the Indian government as a dangerous suspect with an unknown ailment coming to India and demanded stringent security placed on him.

There was even a report that the security agents in India subjected him to physical assault.

It is glaringly clear that the Nigerian government had an ULTERIOR MOTIVE it was nursing using its connections in India when it violated court order and interfered with the procedures of the Sheikh’s treatment.

This can also be deduced from the way the security agents whisked him away to an unknown destination after arrival at Abuja International airport, without allowing him to have an audience with the journalists that were waiting for his arrival.

The Islamic Movement will, however, continue its struggle to ensure that our leader gets the appropriate medical treatment he deserves as ordered by the Kaduna High court.

And as we continue with the struggle, we wish to reiterate our call for the federal government to comply with an earlier Abuja high court that has freed him since 2016.

We believe obedience to this court order will finally solve the crisis that has been lingering since the Zaria genocide of December 2015.

SIGNED BY

IBRAHIM MUSA

Spokesman

El-Zakzaky, Wife Arrive In Nigeria

 

Leader of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat, have returned to Nigeria from India.

The couple returned to the country on Friday afternoon, four days after they travelled to the Asian country for treatment.

Channels Television crew were at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport as early as 6am to cover the arrival of the El-Zakzakys.


Trip To Delhi


El-Zakzaky and his wife left Nigeria on Monday for India following a ruling of the Kaduna State High Court which granted them permission to be treated in the country.

On their arrival at the hospital where treatment was expected to commence, the trip turned controversial.

The IMN accused the Nigerian government of treating their leader like a criminal and denying him access to the doctor with whom they had an arrangement.

They also claimed that El-Zakzaky was denied free movement and was monitored by heavy security surveillance in India.


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Treatment Turned Controversy


El-Zakzaky had also narrated his ordeal in the foreign country, saying the condition in India was worse than that of Nigeria.

“We saw that we were practically brought to another detention facility which is even stricter than the one we were in back in Nigeria. They came here with police armed with guns and a lot of staff from the Nigerian embassy. And we also noticed we were brought into another detention that we only came based on trust.

“Even in Nigeria, they agreed where we were detained that we would be treated only by the doctors we choose and are comfortable with allowing to treat us. But here we understand that the doctors that advised us to come here are blocked from having any say in our case,” the IMN leader had said.

The Nigerian Government, in its response, denied the allegations by the IMN and its leader.

Instead, the government accused the Shiite leader of becoming unruly at the hospital in New Delhi and apologised to the Indian authorities.

It insisted that the allegations were “foul cry”, saying claims that El-Zakzaky was held in circumstances worse than he was in Nigeria should be disregarded.

The government said the IMN leader was allowed to embark on the trip with state officials in line with the court order and his choice to be accompanied by his aides and personal doctors were not opposed.

It added that the IMN leader chose the hospital where he was admitted in India, but he began to display “ulterior motives” against laid down procedures.


Return After Stalemate


After the exchange of blames from both sides, spokesperson for the IMN, Ibrahim Musa, told Channels Television that the controversy El-Zakzaky’s treatment in India had been resolved.

Barely a day after the interview, Musa said the IMN leader and his wife have embarked on a trip back to Nigeria.

He explained that the decision was as a result of lack of a breakthrough in the impasse that ensued regarding El-Zakzaky’s treatment in India.

“It is clear to us that the Nigerian government interference and the scuttling of the whole process rather than supervision as ordered by the court are the direct cause of the impasse,” he said.

El-Zakzaky and his wife are facing an eight-count of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, disturbance of public peace at the Kaduna State High Court.

The charges were filed against them by the Kaduna State Government and the duo were first arraigned in May 2018.

Following their return to the country from India, it is unclear what the next line of action would be.