Islamic Movement of Nigeria otherwise known as Shi’ite group, yesterday, demanded for the whereabouts of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife three weeks after the clash that ensued between the group and the Nigerian Army, leading to the detention of their leader.
It would be recalled that days after the clash involving the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai, the General Officer Commanding, 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, addressed a press conference where he disclosed that the leader of the Shi’ite group is in a safe and protective custody.
A statement signed by the President, Media Forum of the Islamic Movement, Ibrahim Musa, and made available to journalists in Kaduna, said the condition and whereabouts of El-Zakzaky, as well as that of his wife are still unknown, three weeks after their arrest and detention by the military.
The group said it is only when the sheikh’s health condition is made public by the relevant authorities that the tension brewing among the populace will be doused.
It said the government should have allowed El-Zakzaky access to at least his family members, leading brothers of the group and his doctor, especially as it was alleged that he was shot when his residence was raided to douse the brewing tension and if truly the government is interested in finding a peaceful way out of the crisis.
The group expressed worry over conflicting reports emanating about the location and condition of their leader, saying “It is on record that the chief of army staff said on December 18 that Sheikh El-Zakzaky had been transferred from the army to the appropriate authorities for prosecution. We presumed that he meant the Nigerian police. However to our bewilderment, when a committee of the National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, met the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, and demanded to see the sheikh, he flatly refused.’’

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