The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) told President Muhammadu Buhari and Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai to watch their backs because the day of the trial was very close to what they thought.
The group also condemned recent comments that their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky is on trial for crimes committed in Zaria in the past.
The IMN, also known as the Shiites, in a statement signed Tuesday morning by the chairman of its media forum Ibraheem Musa, said that contrary to recent information attributed to Governor Nasir el-Rufai that their leader and his supporters had terrorized the Zaria clashes in December 2015 between IMN and the army, they were the victims of terror orchestrated by the state.
“With the increasing pressure exerted on the Buhari regime at home and abroad, caused by the decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to investigate crimes against humanity committed by this regime during From the Zaria massacre in 2015, increased efforts have been made to minimize the issue and trivialize the problems.
“It peaked when the governor of Kaduna State, Nasiru el-Rufai insinuated that as long as he remained governor of Kaduna, Sheikh Zakzaky would remain in detention. According to the governor, Sheikh Zakzaky is on trial for crimes he and his supporters have committed in the past 30 years in Zaria.
“On the contrary, the sheikh and his supporters were the victims of terror and the crimes of the state, not the perpetrators. After the criminal invasion of the Sheikh’s residence in December 2015 and the subsequent murder of hundreds of his supporters, including his sons and relatives, by officers and men of the Nigerian army, the Sheikh and his wife were shot and arrested.
“The State Security Department (DSS) illegally detained them without charge until May 2018, when pressure on the government to release them became so intense and unbearable. It was at this point that the government thought of accusing them of inciting its supporters to commit alleged offenses. “
He previously said that the government had struggled to find an explanation for their continued detention, forcing him to state that the sheikh was being held in police custody while his wife Zeenat was keeping her husband company.
“The government has arrested hundreds of members of the Islamic Movement led by Sheikh Zakzaky and tried them for being responsible for the death of one of the soldiers, who was accidentally shot by his colleagues. The Kaduna High Court removed them all from these charges, then acquitted them and acquitted them. So what crimes is el-Rufai referring to?
“Governor el-Rufai fraudulently claims that only the court can release Sheikh Zakzaky pale in the face of the obvious. First, the fabricated charges of incitement, help and aiding and abetting him (as a ploy to keep him in perpetuity) were dismissed by the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Second, the Federal High Court declared his detention unconstitutional and therefore ordered his release.
“Third, even when the Kaduna High Court granted Sheikh medical leave, el-Rufai never conceded. He took steps to thwart the medical bond, imposing strict conditions independent of the courts. Clearly, el-Rufai, like General Buhari, has no respect for the rule of law. Justice will be done. We will intensify our peaceful campaigns until justice is done for the victims of the December 2015 Zaria genocide and for Sheikh Zakzaky and all those who are still detained to be released, ”added Ibraheem.