SSG debunks manufactured lies against IMN

PRESS STATEMENT

ZARIA KILLINGS: KDSG CONFIRMED BURRYING 347 IN MASS GRAVE

By Abdulmumin Giwa12744697_883211095129982_7471262744170129092_n

Following recent developments emerging from the sitting of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry, JQI sitting in Kaduna, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria IMN wishes to draw public attention to some unfolding facts.

In his submission, the Secretary to the Kaduna State government SSG, Alhaji Lawal Balarabe Abbas, who represented the Kaduna state government at the JCI, confirmed that 347 members of the Islamic Movement were mass buried in the aftermath of the Zaria massacre of 12th to 14th of December 2015. This has confirmed what the movement had earlier made public that its members have been buried in mass graves.

The SSG also established support for his fact that the corpses were mass buried saying the burial took place based on a court order received by the state government, and he attended a meeting in the presence of the Governor and some senators where they deliberated on what to do with the large number of dead bodies of members of IMN.

It has notwithstanding confirmed the earliest figure given by the Human Rights Watch, HRW that not less than 300 members of the Movement might have been killed in the pogrom which it accused the Nigerian Army of using excessive strength on unarmed civilians.  We hope they will soon tell the world the fate of the remaining over six hundred missing in our list of missing persons since the carnage.

Director General, religious affairs, Namadi Musa corroborated the facts dished out by the SSG. He said he went to ABUTH and counted 156 corpses, and went to army’s depot and counted 191 in the presence of one Major Ogundare and buried them in the middle of the night at Mando, Kaduna.

An interesting submission made by the SSG is the fact that there had never been a time when the residents of Gyallesu at any point went to complain to their government against the leader of the IMN and his activities.

This has debunked the manufactured lies by some paid agents to blackmail and demonize the IMN by falsely claiming that it has been suppressing residents of Gyallesu for the past 20 years.

More so, the public attention should be drawn to the submission by the SSG that the Movement is not ‘running a government within a government’. This accusation has been a joker with which the Presidency is indicting the IMN where the President, Muhammadu Buhari accused the Movement of ‘running a government within a government’ during a live media chat he had two weeks after the pogrom.

The SSG also went further to confirm that the properties of IMN demolished during the pogrom were not as a result of illegitimate ownership and lack of documents but because they were damaged during the Army attack. This has completely exonerated the Movement from accusations earlier made by the state Governor in his maiden speech after the attack.

In his submission the Director of works in the Ministry of works, Engr. Lawal Magaji, said he was ordered to conduct a survey of the buildings affected by the military’s attack on Gyellesu, after which they recommended that they be demolished because they have been affected badly and pose a danger to the public. So where did the Governor get his reasons for demolishing the buildings owned by the IMN?

We hope all well-meaning Nigerians will follow the proceedings at the Judicial Commission of Inquiry with keen eyes. They all point to the fact that a massacre was carried out by the Nigerian Army on defenseless Nigerians in Zaria from 12-14 December, 2015, and the perpetrators must be brought to book.

We will continue to follow peaceful means in our call for the unconditional release of our revered leader his Eminence Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and other brothers and sisters of the Islamic Movement under illegal detention.

 

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