7th April, 2016
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 Inquiry.”
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.
According 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.
Falana 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.
According 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 howsoever.
“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.