The Federal Government of Nigeria has finally allowed the legal team of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) otherwise known as Shiite Muslims meet with Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky.
In a statement issued
by the IMN they noted that “the legal team of IMN met with His
Eminence Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky last Friday (01/04/2016). And the
Nigerian regime only allowed that due to the refusal of IMN to
participate in their staged-managed kangaroo Judicial Commission of
The team that met with Zakzaky comprised of four people, three were lawyers while one of them is a member of the
Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN). “Mr. Femi Falana ( SAN ), Brr
Maxwell Nkiyom, Brr Kabir Muhammad and Sheikh AbdulRahman Abubakar Yola
made up the team.”
The team held consultation with Sheikh Zakzaky and his sister Zeenat Ibraheem for up to one hour.
to the Free Zakzaky Campaign Committee official, Harun Elbinawy,
“Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat Ibraheem are recovering from the
multiple injuries that they suffered following the brutal attacks of the
Nigerian Army. They underwent multiple surgical operations and there
are more operations to be done especially to the left eye of Sheikh
Zakzaky,” the group said.
“Harun Elbinawy said Sheikh Zakzaky gave
them a first hand information of what happened especially the events of
Monday morning (14th/12/2015) after the Nigerian Army had killed
hundreds of members – both male and female- of IMN in the residence of
Sheikh Zakzaky and burnt the house.
The group added that: “The
Nigerian Army burnt the house with Sheikh Zakzaky and his family in the
house, they intended to burn them to death. Due to the hotness of the
flame the two boilers in the bathrooms melted and that was where Sheikh
Zakzaky and his family spent the night with the protection of God and
they totalled twelve (12).
“Then on Monday morning a spy that was
planted in the house brought the Nigerian Army to the house and showed
them the section where Sheikh Zakzaky and his family took refuge. The
moment the Nigerian Army arrived they opened fire on the group of 12,
the 3 sons of Sheikh Zakzaky, Humaid, Hammad and Ali Haider (who was a
living Martyr after suffering mortal injury in the 2014 Nigerian Army
attacks where his three brothers were brutally killed) were brutally
killed execution – style on the spot.
The legal counsel of Sheikh
Ibraheem Zakzaky under the leadership of human rights activist Femi
Falana (SAN) yesterday wrote a letter to the Director-General,
Department of State Services (DSS) demanding the unconditional release
of leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Sheikh Ibraheem
Zakzaky and his wife, Hajia Zeenat Ibraheem from unlawful detention.
said on December 12, thousands of armed soldiers allegedly unleashed
violence on IMN members in Zaria, Kaduna State on the orders of the
Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai who claimed that the unarmed
civilians wanted to “assassinate” him.
The lawyer said although
his clients were not at the scene of the attack, the rampaging troops
invaded their residence at Wali Street, Zaria last December 14. “The
troops set the building ablaze and killed three of our clients’ children
in their presence and thereby subjected them to untold mental agony.
to Falana, “The continued detention of Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife by
the Nigerian regime is illegal and unconstitutional and therefore they
should be release.
He added that: “Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and
members of the IMN have resolved not to participate in the proceedings
of the said Judicial Commission of Enquiry in any manner whatsoever and
“IMN can not present the true health condition of
Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife since their personal Physicians are denied
access to them by the oppressive Nigerian regime. But for an innocent
man that was showered with bullets by the Nigerian Army while his 3 sons
where brutally murdered in his presence, we should expect the worst.
But what is important is that Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife are alive.
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