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FG, Not Kaduna Govt, Detaining El-Zakzaky, Insists IMN

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has insisted that its leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky; and his wife, Zeenat, are being detained by the Federal Government and not the Kaduna State government.

The group made its position known in a statement issued on Sunday by Ibrahim Musa, its spokesperson, in reaction to a comment made by Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

Shortly after confirming the release of Omoyele Sowore, convener of the #RevolutionNow movement; and Sambo Dasuki, a former National Security Adviser, from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS), Malami said the Federal Government could not release El-Zakzaky and his wife because the duo are bring prosecuted by the Kaduna State government.

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But responding, IMN said it is difficult to exonerate the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government from the “continued contemptuous detention of Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife”.

According to the group, the Shi’ite leader and his wife continued to be detained by federal security agencies, which hardly grant the duo’s acquittances the opportunity to visit them in custody.

It added that the purported public acknowledgement of Prince Mohammed Bin Salama, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, on the role the Federal Government played in effecting the arrest of El-Zakzaky provides the clearest indication yet on the culpability of the current government in the case.

The statement partly read: “Firstly, the Federal Government’s criminal complicity in the heinous genocide in Zaria of December, 2015 that led to the extrajudicial murder of over a thousand members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and the subsequent arrest and detention of the sheikh is beyond doubt.

“This much was accepted and testified to by the general himself in an interview he granted a Qatari television channel while on a visit there as early as March 2016.

“The Saudi crown prince’s self-confessions during a visit to the US that the brutal and inhuman suppression and the continuing illegal detention of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky was part of his major foreign policy achievements further confirm the Federal Government’s involvement, as foreign policy issues are in the exclusive list of the federal government.

“Was that not why the Saudi King was the first to call the general Buhari in December 2015, soon after the Zaria genocide, to congratulate him for what he called a victory against terrorism? Was that not also why general Buhari wanted to smuggle Nigeria into a Saudi-led military alliance at the time in the name of fighting terrorism? Was not the then Nigerian Defense Minister, Mansur Dan Ali accorded honour by the Saudi authorities on behalf of the federal government for the role the Nigerian military, an agent of the federal government, played?”

“Secondly, the attacks, arrest and subsequent detention of Sheikh Zakzaky were by federal government agencies. For the past four years, the department of state security (DSS) took custody of the sheikh and his wife from the army. Nobody is granted access to see him except with the express permission of these federal agents. It even had to take the involvement of the AGF for anyone; even the Kaduna State established judicial commission of inquiry at the time, to access Sheikh Zakzaky.”

The IMN also alleged that the Federal Government mischievously concocted a case in Kaduna, three years after the illegal detention of the IMN leader and his wife, accusing them of aiding and abetting homicide before the Kaduna State high court.

The group called on President Muhammadu Buhari to honour the judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which declared the arrest of El-Zakzaky illegal and ordered their immediate release from custody .

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