Thursday, 19 January 2017

IMN to international community: tell Fed Govt to release El-Zakzaky

Worried by it’s serial disobedience to court orders, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), yesterday called on the international community to persuade the Federal Government to release its leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife after a year and one month in solitary confinement.

The Islamic group also appealed to the international community to commit Nigeria to upholding religious rights and freedom, failing which the Nigerian government would be isolated and sanctioned.

The Chairman, Shuhadah (Martyrs) Foundation, (IMN), Sheik Abdulhameed Bello made the call at a news conference in Abuja, where he also said that the movement was in the process of heading back to court to enforce court judgment delivered on December 2, by Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

He added that the movement finds it difficult to understand why the government has decided against all international human rights form and tenets of decency to hold its leader without trial.

“The detention of El-Zakzaky and his wife since 14th of December, 2015 is illegal and unconstitutional and violates their fundamental rights to health and association.

“A few people that do not wish our movement well claimed that we do not recognise the sovereignty of Nigeria and its institutions, yet we took our grievances to a properly constituted court of law.

“The government claimed that members of our movement do not obey rule of law and due process but it is our leader that has been held in solitary confinement for one year and one month without charges against him and without the authorities alleging any offence being filed against him. The houses of our leader have been destroyed. His children have been brutally killed. His wife is in custody and carrying bullet wounds,” he stated.

The group, therefore, demanded that its leader and his wife be released unconditionally and in accordance with the procedures laid down in the judgement of the Federal High court.

“We urge the international community to persuade the government to obey the order of a Federal High court and release our leader unconditionally. We also appeal to the international community to commit Nigeria to upholding religious freedoms, failing which Nigerian government and its agents be isolated and sanctioned.

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