Shiite Muslims give conditions for appearing before commission of inquiry

Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky

Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN)

Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN)
Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN)

Shiite Muslims under the umbrella of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has given conditions for it to appear before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the Kaduna state government.

In a statement issued by Ibrahim Musa, the spokesperson of the movement, one of the conditions given is that the leader of Shiite Muslims in Nigeria, Ibrahim Zakzaky be released unconditionally.

IMN however stated that it believes that the events of December 12, 2015 that led to the massacre of its members, the maiming of hundreds, the detention of its cadres and destruction of its properties are premeditated and that the Federal and Kaduna State Government are in a face saving measure regarding the gross human rights violations that it deliberately perpetrated.

Here are the conditions by IMN:

The movement believes in the justness of its cause and the fact that the events that led to the setting up of the Judicial Commission is premeditated and will appear before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry only on the following conditions: That the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria should be released unconditionally. The Nigerian Government is holding the leader of the Movement incommunicado knowing that he is the custodian of the documents of the Movement and has to give direction to the Movement in the preparation of its Memorandum and the assembling of its witnesses.

The Nigerian military and the Nigerian Police must make a full disclosure of the number of persons in their various detention centers
and grant lawyers of the Movement access to most of them. This is because the Movement has credible evidence that a large number of its members are still in detention in military facilities and detention centers.

The Nigerian military and the Nigerian police must also make full disclosure of the number of persons they took to the various hospitals and the location of the hospitals to enable the lawyers of the Movement have access to them and interview them preparatory to the inauguration of the Commission.

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The Commission of Inquiry must also give full assurance that the members of the Movement that will give evidence will be fully

The Kaduna State Government and the Kaduna State Police Command must disclose the number of persons it has charged to court and the number of persons it has in prison custody. This is necessary as the Kaduna State Police Command and the Kaduna State Government illegally and in a secret procedure granted detention orders against members of the movement and herded them to the Kaduna Central Prison without taking any of them before any Magistrate Court. Presently, over 200 members of the Movement are in custody at the Kaduna Central Prison.

The IMN has a list of 730 missing persons that are either killed by the Army or are still in military detention facilities for which the Army is claiming that there is no single member of the Movement with them. Those in military detention facilities should be released and corpses of those killed be handed over to us for befitting Islamic burials.

There are some members of the panel that are clearly neither impartial nor credible having shown open hostility to the movement and its leadership through their utterances, writings or actions in the past.

Some had even called the government to go for the jugular of the Islamic Movement in the past. The IMN does not see any possibility of fairness and justice from them due to their stance on the movement and Shia. Definitely in their position of arch-enmity with the movement compromises any fairness from them in this matter. Independent human rights bodies should be included in the commission.

These conditions that have been stated need to be fulfilled by the state government to convince the IMN that the state government, which is also an accomplice in the crime, since it demolished our properties and deliberately wiped out practical evidences of the army’s brutality on the movement, is not setting up the enquiry to justify the indictment of the Movement by both the federal and state governments.