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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Group seeks release of detained Shiite leader, members


Sheikh Ibraheem El Zakzaky

A GROUP, Access to Justice (A2J), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order the immediate release of members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Shiite Sect).

In a statement endorsed by its director, Joseph Otteh and Programme Attorney, Ifeanyi O. Odom, the group insisted that the continued detention of members of the sect ‘after extra-judicially killing many of them in horrifying and atrocious circumstances, is simply impunity gone out of control’.

The statement reads in part: “Access to Justice demands the unconditional release of the leader and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria from the detention of the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Police Force or any other civil security and law enforcement agency.

“If there are crimes alleged against them, they should be taken before courts of law in accordance with the Constitution, as well as Regional and International Treaties to which Nigeria is signatory. Therefore, the continued detention of the members of the Movement for 33 days now, without charge and trial before competent courts of law is a gross abuse of power by the military and violation of the Rule of Law which the Federal Government has sworn to promote and preserve.”
According to them, the Federal Government cannot continue to give the issue silent treatment, which is capable of affecting peace and order in the society.

The group said Nigeria could not afford the radicalisation of another group on account of grievances over the treatment of its members.

The Guardian

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