The Islamic Movement in Nigeria says its members trekking to the Nigerian capital Abuja to demand the freedom of their leader Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky who has been in detention for eight months may be attacked by security operatives and framed as terrorists launching an attack on the seat of power.
“Reports reaching us indicate that some security operatives are planning to attack a handful of youths trekking from Zaria to Abuja demanding for the release of our Leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, who has been in illegal detention for the past eight months,” said spokesman Ibrahim Musa.
He said details of “this sinister plan show that the unsuspecting youths will be attacked by some unscrupulous security operatives as they approach Abuja and some weapons will be claimed to have been found on them”.
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“These security agents will then rush to town to accuse the Islamic Movement of planning to launch an attack on the Capital in a bid to forcibly release Sheikh Zakzaky”.
Musa added: “We will like to inform the general public that these young men and women that started their trek from Zaria, Kaduna state are peaceful in all their actions, and since last week when they started nobody has complained of them being a nuisance to commuters in any way along the expressway to Abuja.
“They decided to trek on their own volition just to buttress how aggrieved they are with the continued incarceration of Sheikh Zakzaky and to draw public attention to the inhuman condition he is being held without recourse to due process of the law.
“The Islamic Movement has continued to be peaceful in all its activities for the past four decades; therefore it is inconceivable for violence to be ascribed to it now. Any attempt to plant arms amongst us will not just work because it has never been our modus operandi in our path of calling people to justice in the path of Allah.
“Nonetheless we will keep on calling on the Federal government to as a matter of priority release our Leader Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and all others detained with him”.
A Commission of Inquiry by the Kaduna state government said days ago that almost 400 shiites were killed by security forces last December during a “clash” between them and the army.
Amnesty International has termed their killings extrajudicial.