COVID-19: IMN Demands Immediate Release of El-Zakzaky, Wife From Detention

El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat

 

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) on Friday renewed the call for the immediate release of their embattled leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenah Ibrahim.

This comes after his wife reportedly contracted COVID-19 in detention at Kaduna Correctional center.

IMN spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa in a statement made available to Channels Television said six days after contracting COVID-19 while in detention, Zeenah Ibrahim has not been taken to any specialised hospital to receive proper medical care.

Musa notes that given her underlying medical conditions and age,  her infection places her at heightened risk of severe illness or death, while on the other hand,  Sheikh El-Zakzaky himself suffers from many underlying conditions that put him at high risk of developing life-threatening symptoms should he contract the virus.

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“We all know that COVID-19 requires an immediate response of urgent adherence to medical advice, more so, Malama Zeenah Ibrahim has been denied treatment for acute medical conditions including severe arthritis of the knee for five years now. Yet she is still in Kaduna prison at the moment, yet to be hospitalised, and yet to receive proper health care.

“The couple are due to appear in court on Monday, January 25 to face the charges brought against them by the government.

“We believe Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife should not be in custody in the first place. A competent court in Abuja freed both of them on December 2, 2016, but the government refused to obey the judgement of the court.

“We call upon the well-meaning Nigerians and the international community to prevail over the Federal and Kaduna State Governments to ensure maximum health care for this patient that is in her 60s and still grieving the extra-judicial killing of her six children,” the IMN spokesperson said.

Musa maintained that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration the Elrufa’i led Kaduna State government should be held responsible if anything bad happens to their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, and his wife.

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.

Shiites Demand Unconditional Release of Sheik Zakzaky

Sheik-El-Zakzaky-ShiiteMembers of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria ( IMN ), are demanding for the unconditional release of their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky from detention without further delay.

In a statement issued by their spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, the Shiites kicked against the explanation given by the Department of State Services (DSS), that Zakzaky is in “protective custody” and being detained in his own volition, wondering why the same DSS has refused to grant him access to his legal team for some months now.

Sheik Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat have been in DSS detention since December 12, 2015, following his arrest af­ter his members clashed with soldiers in Zaria, where several people lost their lives.

The statement also called on the Federal Government to re­lease Sheikh Zakzaky with­out any condition and without further delay, insisting that It is only Zakzaky’s release that will explain the mystery of him being in “protective custody.

“The Islamic Movement in Nigeria won’t accept this protective custody explanation of the DSS, since for some months now it has refused to grant the Sheikh access to his leading coun­sel, Mr. Femi Falana. For the submission of the DSS before the court to gain any merit, it should with all urgency allow the lawyers of Sheikh Zakza­ky to meet and talk to him.

“People with conscience all over the world were baf­fled, when on Tuesday 15th June, 2016 the Directorate of State Services, DSS men­tioned before a Federal High Court in Abuja that it is hold­ing the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, in pro­tective custody in order to fend him off from those who are hell bent on murdering him.

“That Directorate of State Services has also confirmed that Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat Ibraheem, were never handed over to the Police for any form of investigation or interroga­tion.

“But isn’t it ridiculous to detain an innocent Sheikh? Where in our books and the laws setting up that Directorate of State Services is it mentioned that a person who has not committed any offence and without any prima facie evidence links to the commission of an offence should be detained indefi­nitely? Indefinite detention and detention without trial are only associated with military regimes and not demo­cratic regimes.

“Secondly the DSS is ad­mitting there are some people in the corridors of power who want to extra judicially kill Sheikh Zakzaky, hence its giv­ing him “protective custody”. As a follow up question, why didn’t the DSS mention the name of those it is accusing of wanting to see the Sheikh dead? Are they sacred cows that the public would not be told their names? But it is pub­lic knowledge already that the GOC of One Mechanised Di­vision Kaduna gave the order on behalf of the Nigerian Army that a cordon and search op­eration be carried out in Zaria that ultimately led to many crimes against humanity. Is the DSS now telling the Na­tion that it is protecting Sheikh Zakzaky from the murderers in the Nigerian Army?

“It can be inferred also from the statement of the DSS before the court that all the allegations proffered by the army on why it carried out the massacre in Zaria are all false accusations”, the statement said.

Nigerian Army Clears Air On Whereabouts Of Zakzaky, Wife

Army_SpokesmanThe Nigerian Army on Wednesday said the the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife are not dead but in protective custody.

“I want you to understand that the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and his wife, Contrary to rumours going on is alive”, the Army Spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, said on Sunrise daily.

The Army Spokesman, however, noted that there “was no procession” by the Islamic group on Saturday and maintained that “around 2:30PM along Sokoto Road, just shortly by the railway clinic, a group of youths started springing up all over the place, coming from the PZ end and the Hussainiyya Bakiya, which is the spiritual headquarters of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and started encircling the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

“We came down and pleaded with them and made them to see reason”, alleging that youths refused to pay heed to them and they started pelting stones (on the convoy of the COAS) and there were loud bangs here and there, so the people responsible for the safety and security of the Chief of Army Staff had to clear the way.

“They were burning tires, pelting stones and no amount of that could get them to do otherwise and insisted that they have done it to several other people and the Chief of Army Staff is not an exception”, he said.

He accused the Islamic movement of planning the attack, quoting the leader from an interview he granted the Hausa service of the BBC, Col. Usman said “he said they were hoisting a flag” adding that “this is the Federal Republic of Nigeria and there is no other flag that is sacred than the national flag.

“All these things were premeditated, they were planned. The reception party that went to SYS Dogarawa from Depot Nigerian Army passed the same place barely 20 minutes and there wasn’t anything.

“The arrival of the Chief of Army Staff was widely publicised and it was his they decided to ambush, for reasons known to them. So for anybody to think or say otherwise, it begs for more questions on that side”, he said.

He also mentioned instances in the past where the movement have acted in ways that have put residents of Zaria City and motorists that ply the Zaria-Kaduna and Zaria-Kano routes in discomfort and warned “anyone who is not ready to operate within the ambit of the Nigerian law” to be ready to face the consequences of his/her action.