Shiites won’t deal with govt probe unless Zakzaky is free



MEMBERS of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Shiites) have stated that unless their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, is released from detention they would not participate in the judicial commission of inquiry set up by the Kaduna State government to investigate the clash between soldiers and the group in Zaria last year.

During proceedings at the commission’s sitting yesterday, lawyers for the group told the panel that security agents at the Directorate of State Security Service (SSS) have denied them access to El-Zakzaky, contrary to the directive by the commission.

Addressing a press conference at the Kaduna secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), leaders of the group said: “We are constrained to address this press conference in the light of developments arising from the premeditated attack on members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, the attack on the leader of the movement and the destruction of its properties by the Nigerian military and the Kaduna State Government.”

One of the leaders of the movement, Mallam AbdulHamid Bello, who addressed journalists said that, “It is now a matter of common knowledge that a legal team led by Femi Falana (SAN) and Festus Okoye have made more than four fruitless attempts to see El-Zakzaky and interview him for the purpose of submitting memorandum to the judicial commission of inquiry and his appearance before the said commission.”

According to him, “Falana, Okoye and other members of the legal team of the movement have visited the headquarters of the DSS on more than four occasions to have audience with the leader of the movement and all the visits yielded no result.

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