Chris Steven, Abuja
Hundreds of members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiites on Monday protested at the Headquarters of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Abuja demanding the release of their detained leader Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
Protesting under the aegis of Academic Forum of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (AFIMN), the protesters carried various banners with inscriptions such as Free Zakzaky, Justice for Zaria Massacre, 347 mass grave among others.
The protest in Abuja followed a clash between members of the Movement and Police men in Kano on Monday which left about 50 people including a police sergeant dead.
According to Abdullahi Muhammad Musa, National Secretary of AFIMN who delivered the protest letter at NHRC Headquarters, members of the Movement were observing the annual Aebaeen Symbolic Trek in Kano when armed Police men opened fire on them.
He claimed that no less than one hundred “I citizens of Nigeria were killed arguing that the protesters in Kano were peaceful and civilized, holding flags depicting the purpose of the event.
Musa called on the management of NHRC to inform President Muhammadu Buhari that members of the Movement deserve to be protected from all kind of harm from enemies of peace and humanity.
He also urged the Commission to remind Governor of Kano state not to turn the recently peaceful atmosphere enjoyed in the state into a place where innocent lives are shed for the interest of blood thirsty devils.
” The Police authorities should hand over the bodies of brothers and sisters they killed in cold blood to their family members for proper burial. All those involved in the ungodly act should be brought to book.
Finally, we are calling on government to release our leader Sheikh Ibrahim -Zakzaky, his wife and others immediately and unconditionally” he added