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Shiites raise fresh alarm over safety of El-Zakzaky, wife

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Members of Ibrahim Zakzaky’s Islamic Movement in Nigeria take part in a demonstration against his detention in Abuja on January 22, 2019. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelaqun/ AFP |<br />

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, Tuesday afternoon alleged fresh threat to the safety of its leader, Shiekh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky after alleged turmoil in his detention Centre in Kaduna.

The group in a statement signed by Ibrahim Musa, the president of its media forum, disclosed that “credible reports emanating from the Kaduna Correctional Center, where the government is wrongly detaining Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife has reached the Islamic Movement in Nigeria of a turmoil leading to the opening of fire and blocking of all access roads to the Center”.

The group said it is concerned about these developments and has called on all relevant authorities to ensure that the security and safety of the Sheikh and his wife are guaranteed.

IMN warned that it would hold the federal government responsible for any harm to them adding, it is the responsibility of governments to protect all inmates in such homes, especially with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world.

The movement argued that the case of Sheikh Zakzaky is different as a federal high court had declared his arrest and detention unconstitutional and a violation of his fundamental rights.

The group contends that the charges for which El-Zakzaky is standing trial at the moment have been punctured by two different courts, who tried nearly 200 members on the same charges and discharged and acquitted them all.

IMN members in thousands have in the protested in many Northern states demanding his unconditional release. They have again renewed the demand for the immediate release of the Sheikh and his wife.


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