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El-Zakzaky supporters warn against persecution, oppression ahead 28th July hearing

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has said it is patiently waiting for the establishment of “No case submission” on the charges filed against Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, by the Kaduna State Government, come Wednesday the 28th, July 2021.

A statement issued Monday and signed by Mohammed Ibrahim Gamawa on behalf of the IMN supporters warned against persecution and all sorts of oppressive and repressive powers exerted on their members by Kaduna State Government. IMN also described the “No case submission” as flimsy charges filed against Sheikh Ibraheem el-Zakzaky and his wife.

The statement added that, “The protracted court proceeding, which began in Kaduna three years ago, came after an order by the Federal High Court in Abuja, for the release of Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife.

It added that “the court also instructed the Federal Government to pay compensation to the duo, which the government apparently defied.

“You may recall the 12 December 2015 Zaria Massacre, which was carried out by the Nigerian Army under the pretext of blocking road to the then Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai. That was the claim and propaganda used to deceive the majority gullible Nigeria public.

“However, immediately after the court verdict passed by Hon. Justice Kolawole in Abuja, the Kaduna State Government through its Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice filed charges against Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, which among others, include abetment to culpable homicide.

“This is contradictory and antithetical to their earlier claims and propaganda that Army Chief’s road was blocked by the IMN members. 

“Thus, while testifying before Justice Gwada of Kaduna State High Court, a police officer and witness brought by complainant confirmed to court that the said Sergeant Dankaduna was apparently killed by a friendly bullet fired by one soldier during their attack at Zaria in December 2015.

“Therefore, it will interest you to note that all the charges labeled against Sheikh Zakzaky were the same charges filed against the over 200 IMN members prosecuted by the Kaduna State Government before the State’s High Court, which eventually discharged and acquitted all the Defendants.

“Hence, our case today is a call and a reminder to the general public and, particularly the people of conscience in the world of humanity, equity and natural justice that we have persevered and endured enough over the incarceration of our leader.

“We have tolerated enough, but we are grateful to Almighty Allah for giving us the strength, morale and courage to withstand persecution and all sorts of oppressive and repressive powers exerted upon us by this government, as He spares our lives to witness the end of this ease.

“Nigerian citizens and the people of conscience all over the world are keenly and patiently watching the trend of events as they unfold regarding this case. We are very much confident that the court will be left with no option other than to do justice paving way for yet another victory for us and humanity in general,” it stated.

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