Shiites demand Zakzaky’s release before Panel appearance

Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky
Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, has stated that it would only appear before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the Kaduna State Government if its leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky, is released from detention.

Mr. Zakzaky and scores of the Shiite movement’s members were arrested after soldiers opened fire on them for daring to block the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, in Zaria.

A siege by the soldiers later that day also led to the demolition of the sect’s spiritual headquarters, and the arrest of Mr. Zakzaky, who was shot alongside his wife.

About 300 members of the sect are believed to have been killed in the attacks which have been condemned by local and international groups including the Human Rights Watch. The military had said the sect’s members planned to assassinate the army chief.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai had on Saturday announced the formation of a 12-member Judicial Commission of Inquiry under the leadership of Justice Mohammed Garba to investigate the circumstances that led to the incident.

The IMN in a statement on Sunday by its spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa, said it would only appear before the commission if Mr. Zakzaky is 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 group said.

It also said that apart from releasing its leader, the Nigerian Military and the Nigerian Police must also make a full disclosure of the number of persons in their various detention centres and grant lawyers of the Movement access to all of them.

This, it said, is because the Movement has credible evidence that a large number of its members are still in detention in military facilities and detention centres.

Other conditions given by the Shiites include that “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 Commission of Inquiry must also give full assurance that the members of the Movement that will give evidence will be fully protected.

“The Kaduna State Government and the Kaduna State Police Command must disclose the number of persons it has charged to court and the number of persons it has in prison custody. This is necessary as the Kaduna State Police Command and the Kaduna State Government illegally and in a secret procedure granted detention orders against members of the Movement and herded them to the Kaduna Central Prison without taking any of them before any Magistrate Court. Presently, over 200 members of the Movement are in custody at the Kaduna Central Prison.”

The IMN said it has a list of 730 missing persons that are either killed by the Army or are still in military detention facilities.

It said those in military detention facilities should be released to them and corpses of those killed should be handed over for proper Islamic burial.

On the composition of the panel, IMN said there are some members of the panel that are “clearly neither impartial nor credible having shown open hostility to the movement and its leadership through their utterances, writings or actions in the past.

“Some had even called the government to go for the jugular of the Islamic Movement in the past. The IMN does not see any possibility of fairness and justice from them due to their stance on the Movement and Shia.

“Definitely, their position of arch-enmity with the Movement compromises any fairness from them in this matter. Independent human rights bodies should be included in the commission,” they said.

The movement said the conditions they have given should be fulfilled by Mr. El Rufai to convince the IMN that the state government, which, they said, is also an accomplice to the crime, having ordered the demolition of their property and “deliberately wiped out practical evidences of the army’s brutality on the movement”, is not setting up the enquiry to justify the indictment of the Movement by both the federal and state governments.

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  • Iskacountryman

    he must show his last three years tax returns before freedom…

  • Kickboxer

    NIGERIANS MUST BEWARE: IF YOU LOVE YOUR CHILDREN & POSTERITY NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT!!!! WAKE UP NIGERIA FROM ISLAMIC SLUMBER!!!

    As long the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country, they will be for the most part be regarded as a peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. Although there WILL be Islamic attacks.

    United States — Muslim 0.6%

    Australia — Muslim 1.5%

    Canada — Muslim 1.9%

    China — Muslim 1.8%

    Italy — Muslim 1.5%

    Norway — Muslim 1.8%

    At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs. There will be MORE attacks at this level.

    This is happening in:

    Denmark — Muslim 2%

    Germany — Muslim 3.7%

    United Kingdom — Muslim 2.7%

    Spain — Muslim 4%

    Thailand — Muslim 4.6%

    From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply.
    There will now be a level of fear from the natural population towards muslims.

    This is occurring in:

    France — Muslim 8%

    Philippines — 5%

    Sweden — Muslim 5%

    Switzerland — Muslim 4.3%

    The Netherlands — Muslim 5.5%

    Trinidad & Tobago — Muslim 5.8%

    At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world.

    When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris , we are already seeing car-burnings. Any non-Muslim action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam , with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam. Such tensions are seen daily,
    particularly in Muslim sections, in:

    Almost DAILY attacks in this range

    Guyana — Muslim 10%

    India — Muslim 13.4%

    Israel — Muslim 16%

    Kenya — Muslim 10%

    Russia — Muslim 15%

    After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:

    Ethiopia — Muslim 32.8%

    At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in:

    Bosnia — Muslim 40%

    NIGERIA– Muslim 42.8%

    Chad — Muslim 53.1%

    Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%

    From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and ***ya, the tax placed on infidels, such as in:

    Albania — Muslim 70%

    Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%

    Qatar — Muslim 77.5%

    Sudan — Muslim 70%

    After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced and in some ways is on-going in:

    Bangladesh — Muslim 83%

    Egypt — Muslim 90%

    Gaza — Muslim 98.7%

    Indonesia — Muslim 86.1%

    Iran — Muslim 98%

    Iraq — Muslim 97%

    Jordan — Muslim 92%

    Morocco — Muslim 98.7%

    Pakistan — Muslim 97%

    Palestine — Muslim 99%

    Syria — Muslim 90%

    Tajikistan — Muslim 90%

    Turkey — Muslim 99.8%

    United Arab Emirates — Muslim 96%

    100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’ — the Islamic House of Peace. Here there’s supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrasas are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such as in:

    Afghanistan — Muslim 100%

    Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%

    Somalia — Muslim 100%

    Yemen — Muslim 100%

    Unfortunately, peace is never achieved, as in these 100% states the most radical Muslims intimidate and spew hatred, and satisfy their blood lust by killing less radical Muslims, for a variety of reasons. Then you have BOKO HARAM, ISIS..Islam with a hall pass!!!

  • Mama Kay

    That is your choice not to appear but I hope the government will not release this man until he has had his day in court.

    All these groups that keep causing trouble for innocent citizens need to be curtailed.

    Of course, if they are not happy to live in Nigeria, they can always relocate to Iran.

    There are laws of coexistence and people need to appreciate the fact that their rights must not infringe on other people’s rights.

    Blocking highways in the name of religion is unacceptable.

    If the dictates of your religion require procession, then by all means do it in your compound.

  • bigbang

    Well no

    He is facing serious charges that is non bailable.

    He should get a good lawyer.

    • Sparzo

      And the over 200 members in jail with no appearance b4 a judge?
      In other places this sort of thing would be called serious human rights abuse.

  • Shugaba Nkasa

    This people are just talking shiite!

  • MushinSpeaks

    Same man threatening fire and brimstone? Can we allow a state within a state? No. CHANGE is here.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Support evil but it may be your turn to be extra-judicially killed next !!