The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) otherwise called the Shi’ite, at the weekend, insisted that it would not appear before a Commission of Enquiry set up by the Kaduna State government to investigate last month’s clash between it and soldiers.
It said it would only appear if its leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Yakubu El-Zakzaky, was released.
The group, which embarked on a peaceful demonstration in Kaduna at the weekend, after the 40th day prayer for the repose of the souls of the victims, however, said it would never take up arms against the government and would not be violent in seeking redress for its members, who were allegedly killed in Zaria.
Addressing reporters, spokesman Mukhtar Abdullahi Sherief said the movement would use legal means to ensure justice was done.
He said the Shiite did not have confidence in the commission because some of the members were enemies of the group and condemned it.
Sherief added: “One of the conditions for us to appear before the commission is for the government to release our leader, Zakzakky and others unconditionally.
“Seven hundred and thirty of our members are yet to be accounted for and bodies of the victims are still with the Army. Let them release the bodies to us for burial according to Islamic rites.”
The prayer was held at the Rigasa Central Mosque, and the protest started from Katsina Road roundabout to Leventis roundabout.
Via The Nation
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