Islamists wary of further incarceration of members

Islamic group rejects 'trumped-up' Zaria chargesFrom OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos,

LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has alleged  plans by the military to keep hundreds of its members in indefinite detention without trial, seven months since their arrest in Zaria, Kaduna State.

Including leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, they are held in various detention facilities across the country.The movement alleges 850 members have been missing members since the December attack.

“We are reliably informed of the sinister move of some personnel in the Army to keep them in indefinite detention without trial,” said IbrahimMusa, IMN spokesperson.

He said in the aftermath of the military’s carnage in Zaria in December, news had been circulating that some members of the Islamic movement had been abducted by the Military.

“We have been hoping, it seems against hope, that the military will gradually release them as time passes, but for seven months now theMilitary has refused to even acknowledge their abduction,” Musa said.

Known as the Zaria massacre, the upheavals refer to the alleged massacre by the Nigerian Army on the Shia Muslim community on December 12.

The Army claimed it had responded to the Shia followers’ attempt to assassinate the Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai but the IMNand several human rights organizations, who argue that the attack was pre-planned, have dismissed the version.

Musa said IMN would not rest on its laurels until justice is done to the grieving families of the victims of the military’s alleged onslaught onthe Islamic movement.He said 191 members of the movement were facing trumped-up charges in Kaduna courts, while Zakzaky was incarcerated alongside his wife without charges against them.

“We still insist and call for their immediate and unconditional release from detention. We hereby attach the updated list of our missing persons for all to see.”

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