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El-Zakzakky: Three Shiites die in police custody

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also called Shiites says it has confirmed the death of three of its members, who were shot and detaines in Police custody at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad headquarters (SARS) headquarters, Abuja since Monday.

The IMN in a statement by its spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa said the detainees died on Wednesday because of bullet wounds they sustained during the ‘free Zakzaky’ protest early in the week.

The IMN also raised the alarm that, more of its members might die in police custody, because there are at least fifteen people who are in the detention centre with various degrees of bullet wounds, without medication.

“Among them are women and a minor who has his leg shot.

“All entries made by relatives of the detainees for the police authorities to allow them have medication have fallen on deaf ears, an indication that they are waiting for them to slowly die in excruciating pains”, the statement said.

The Movement called on the International Community and Human Right Activists and organizations to look at the “inhumanity taking place at the dreaded headquarters of SARS where unarmed citizens are kept in dehumanizing conditions.” And also in the police to hand over the wounded for treatment and corosebofbthe dead for burial.

“It is unfortunate that when it comes to dealing with the Shiites, the security agencies throw all known laws and conventions to the dogs, and indulge in savagery as exhibited when the police on Wednesday dumped a Muslim brother of the Islamic Movement by the roadside after torturing him and pouring boiling water over him.”

“We also call on the police to hand over to us the wounded persons so that at least their lives can be saved.

“The dead bodies of the supporters of the Islamic Movement should be handed to us also, so that their families can give them a befitting Islamic funeral rite. Burying them in mass graves is a war crime which the police should be wary off in the future.”

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