MEMBERS of the Shi’ite sect also known as the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, (IMN) on Thursday protested against the continued detention of their leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky at the National Assembly entrance.
The protest was led by secretary of the academic forum in Nigeria, Mr Abdullahi Musa, who told newsmen that they want to know the outcome of the three letters they submitted to the National Assembly.
According to him, “This is the third time we are coming here. We submitted a lot of documents to the National Assembly but we are yet to get any response.”
Speaking further, he said that, “We submitted the third batch of documents yesterday and we came here today to hear from them”
He however said that they were doing what they are doing to ensure the safety of their leader and wanted to know the state of his health.
He accused the government of ill treating El-Zakzaky, demanding his immediate arrest so that he could have access to better health care.
He further stated that, “We do not believe in the so called protective custody. We want him freed so that he can go for his treatment. They have inflicted several injuries on him. What we ask for is that justice prevails.”
He also maintained that “they killed our members and government has been silent, we want to know what their position is.”
It will be recalled that soldiers had arrested El-Zakzaky after the Shi’ite group was involved in a bloody clash with the army.
Soldiers had accused the group of attacking the convoy of the chief of army staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, while they were on procession in Zaria, Kaduna.
Shitte on the other hand have accused the army of killing hundreds of their members and burying them in mass graves.