By Abdulmumin Giwa
Youths of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria IMN have staged a peaceful protest in Kaduna demanding for immediate and unconditional release of the leader, Sheikh Ibraheem who has been in detention since the Army attacked the headquarters of the Movement in December 2015.
Addressing newsmen today, the chairman of the Kaduna Youth Forum of the Movement, Mika’il Yusuf said “we are reiterating our call for the immediate and unconditional release of our leader from illegal and unjustifiable detention”.
Carrying posters of the leader of the movement with inscription “Free Zakzaky” and pictures of some missing persons, the youths marched from Kano Road to Tudun Wada area of Kaduna metropolis calling for the release of Sheikh Zakzaky.
Yusuf further explained that there is the need for justice and fairness as the movement has declared 780 members missing while the state government has confessed burying 347 victims of the Zaria killing in a mass grave.
He said “we have declared 780 members of the IMN missing with their names and profiles and the Kaduna state government has confessed burying 347 in a mass grave, I think a responsible government will seek to know the whereabouts of the remaining because they are equally Nigerians as anyone else.”
He accused the Kaduna state government of “trying to cover up for the crimes against humanity by unjustly keeping about 200 members of the movement in prison” accusing them of “killing one soldier while the soldiers that have extra-judicially killed 780 are freely walking the streets” he said.
On the Judicial Commission of Inquiry JCI set up by the Kaduna state government to inquire into the Zaria pogrom, the Youth leader said “if they seriously want the IMN to go before the Commission, they should release the leader to lead it o the commission.”
“It is only logical that Malam as the sole victim of the incident be allowed to ,give his ,own side of the story before the commission, at least he was attacked. If they are honest they should release him” he lamented.