shitte-clashLeader of the Shi’ite Islamic group in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-zakzaky, has been arrested by Nigerian troops, following a siege on his Zaria residence. Sources in the sect’s hierarchy also told Nigerian Pilot that a top leader of the movement, Muhammadu Turi, and the head of the medical team of the sect, Mustapha Saidu, and several others including El-zakzakky’s wife and son, were killed during the siege.
The Nigerian Army and members of the sect have been trading blames on the immediate cause of the attacks that led to the death of members of the movement, with unconfirmed reports from the area putting the number of persons who died in the incidence at 20.
A statement by President of Media Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim Musa, made available to newsmen in Kaduna identified some of those killed by the soldiers as Malama Zeenat Ibraheem, wife of the Shi’ite leader, Sayyid Aliy (son) and the groups spokesperson, Malam Ibrahim Usman, and Sister Jummai Gilima among others.
The Nigerian Army had alleged assassination attempt by the Islamist group against the Chief of army Staff Lt. General Burutai.
Our reporter learnt that the army came with a bulldozer to raid the Shi’ite leaders’ house in search of arms and after which the house was burnt and leveled down.
It was also gathered that residents in Zaria heard and experienced sporadic gunshots as early as 8 am in the morning.
The statement confirmed that the sporadic killings took place at three different locations that include the residence of the revered leader of the Movement at Gyallesu, the Husainiyya Bakiyatullah at the GRA and the Darur Rahma located along Zaria-Jos road where many armless people were killed.
“The killing was so brutal at Gyallesu that even those injured in the shooting were identified and killed in cold blood by the soldiers. And as at the time of writing this press release, the victims run into their hundreds, if not thousands.
“Considering the gross violation of fundamental human rights and extra-judicial killings perpetrated by the Nigerian Army, the Islamic Movement hereby condemns these unjustifiable acts.
“We state categorically that the claim by the Army that members of the Movement attempted to assassinate the Chief of Army Staff was a blatant lie as the army came back to launch their attack more than an hour after the COAS had passed.
“Clearly, the Nigerian government through its military is now on rampage, in an all out war with the Islamic movement, its members and structures. The scale of this attack would suggest it was meticulously planned by authorities and now being executed ruthlessly. The alleged attack on COAS Burutai was just an alibi.
“Therefore, with all pointers at the government as the contractor of the killings, we hereby call on well meaning Nigerians and the international community to intervene and seek redress for the victims and their family members as many innocent people have unjustifiably been killed and many others severely injured.
“The Nigerian Army brutally descended on armless members of the Movement with heavy military weapons killing indiscriminately.
“In the mean time there is no idea as to the whereabouts of the leader of the Movement, Sayyid Ibraheem Zakzaky nor his current condition, and aggrieved members of the Movement across the country have taken to the streets in condemnatory protests,” the statement however read.

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