El-Zakzaky’s detention is a dent on Nigeria’s image – Islamic group
By Amos Tauna
Sisters forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), has asserted that the world had lost confidence in Nigeria because of the continued detention of its leader and some members of their group.
The group stated this during a rally on the Eastern Bypass in Kaduna, Thursday, to draw the attention of government on what they called “adoption and illegal detention of their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky by the Nigerian government.”
According to the spokesperson of the group, Hajiya Maryam Abdullahi, “This has dented the image of the Nigerian government in the diaspora where thousands of people from different parts of the world are raising their voices in condemnation of the brutalities meted on the IMN members.
“As women and members of the IMN, we condemn the killing of our members and their continued illegal detention.
“Since the Nigerian Army abducted our leader, no one, including his lawyers was allowed to any access to him for the past three months, even as the Nigerian Constitution disallows detention without charging one to court beyond 48hours.
“We call for the immediate and unconditional release of our leader, his Eminence Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.”
It could be recalled that the group through a team of its laywers, led by Barrister Festus Okoye appeared before the judicial Commission of inquiry set up by the Kaduna State government on Monday, 7 March 2016, but maintained its position not to submit any memorandum until it had access to the leader of the movement, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, an effort he said was being frustrated.
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