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Shiite protest: IMN accuses Police of falsehood

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Babatunde Opalana 

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiites, has accused security agents in the country especially the Nigeria Police of spreading falsehood and insincerity in its reports of the recent protest by members of the Movement over the ill-health of its leader Sheikh Zakzaky.

The Movement in a statement issued on Thursday through Ibrahim Musa, the President of its Media Forum, said by spreading false information and rumours the Police had the intention of breaking the will of the group, cause confusion and could seize the opportunity to turn their peaceful protests into violence.

IMN accused security agents of infiltrating its ranks with commissioned hoodlums to foment trouble by burning tyres and properties in the course of the peaceful processions.

“Part of their evil plot involved spreading false news of the alleged death of our leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky due to illness on fake Facebook profile pages. They had hoped to achieve their mischievous aims by using that to wreck havoc and attribute same to a supposed reaction of members of the Islamic Movement.

“When all their evil machinations failed woefully, however, the security agents went wild by themselves and opened fire on peaceful protesters demanding for the immediate release of Sheikh Zakzaky to enable him to attend to his deteriorating health status in illegal detention of Nigerian authorities. As a consequence of this brutality by the Police, two people were killed and scores were wounded.

“The police further arrested hundreds. Similarly yesterday, policemen had used live ammunition to stop the procession, injuring quite a number, including Sheikh Qasim Umar Sokoto. A journalist was bartered with clubs and sticks until his arm was broken by the police. Today the police were even more brutal in the attack on the peaceful protesters”, he said.

He said the Islamic Movement will stand on its peaceful means of pursuing its objectives. “We vehemently reject any attempt to label us violent and we are so orderly for anybody to incite us into taking illogical violent means. We would not be held responsible for anything contrary to our peaceful resolve and methods”, he said.

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