The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shiites Islamic sect has raised alarm over alleged fresh plots to foil the release of their embattled leader, Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky from detention as ordered by the court.
The President of the IMN Media Forum, Mr. Ibrahim Musa, said that the group has uncovered such plans to ensure that El-Zakzaky remains in prison beyond the 45 days period given by the Federal High Court Abuja to release him.
“As the countdown to the 45 days period given by the Federal High Court Abuja to government, within which to release of our revered leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky draws near, fresh devious plots have been uncovered aimed at scuttling the attempts to set the Sheikh free, “Musa said .
He stressed that “it is very vital to draw the attention of the general public to the series of evil designs by the authorities to flout court orders that the Sheikh be released along with his wife from the illegal detention for over a year”.
He said that information disclosed from very close and reliable sources close to the security services indicates that some agents within and outside the Movement have been commissioned to create an atmosphere that will be used as a bait to contravene the court order.
Musa said: “In their treacherous plan, as paid agents attempt to infiltrate the hierarchy of the Movement to cause confusion and break their will, some other agents will intensify attacks on the Movement to demonize it using various ploys in the social media as well as in the mainstream media, with the aim of cutting off the momentous gain in sympathy of well-wishers, which the IMN enjoys since the court judgement.
“One such deceitful move appeared only recently, when a news item from the country’s foremost news agency, NAN tried to portray IMN as factionalised. The fairy-tale has it that the Nigeria security and civil defence corps (NSCDC) says it has uncovered a “strange” factional sect of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN). This is a baseless and completely false report that only reflects a figment of security’s imagination. This story and perhaps many more to follow are all geared towards the government’s desperate attempt at creating a group that will take up arms in our name. ”
We will once again reiterate our age long non-violent posture in pursuits of our goals. It is too late for the authorities to now attempt painting the Movement and its leadership black. Our stance remains clear, our resolve unshakable and our tenacity unwavering. It is much more worthwhile for the government to take the only honourable option to swallow its pride and as a matter of urgency obey the court order by releasing Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, his family and all other members of the Movement still being held in illegal detention since December, 2015,” he demanded .