Re:FG to court: DSS can’t release Shi’ite leader, Zakzaky

Re:FG to court: DSS can’t release Shi’ite leader, Zakzaky

I saw the above-named news report from the Vanguard Newspaper which is among the widely read Nigerian dailies and was immediately curious to know the reason why the Nigerian regime under President Buhari will not heed to the popular demand to release the Islamic scholar Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky who is been held in detention of the Nigerian regime for more than 6 months now. Our brothers who attended the Abuja court session only told us that the Nigerian regime via its secret police (DSS) claimed to be holding Sheikh Zakzaky under “protective custody”, a notion that is alien to the Nigerian constitution and law.

But this recent report by the Vanguard newspaper open another dimension to the events of 12th-14th December, 2015 when heavily-armed Nigerian soldiers attacked 4 sites belonging to the peaceful Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) that is under the leadership of His Eminence Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky under the fraudulent pretext of the “road blocking scam”. The Nigerian army spent close to 48 hours killing, shooting, bombing and burning alive hundreds of members of IMN in a massacre that shocked all men of conscience.

After that inhuman massacre by the Nigerian army, the Nigerian regime launched massive smear campaigns of calumny and demonization against Shia Islam, IMN and Iran. The Nigerian army paid expensive advertorial in all the TV Channels in Nigeria to prove that the IMN is armed and engaging in military training and that the IMN “is far worst than the #BokoHaram!”. The Nigerian army also claimed that they received “credible” intelligence report that IMN is stockpiling “sophisticated weapons” in the iconic Zaria Husseiniyyah!

To add international dimension to that inhuman massacre of 1000+ defenseless and unarmed Nigerian civilians by the Nigerian army, the Saudi King Salman was the first foreign personality to call Nigerian President Buhari to congratulate him for a job well done and called the brutal murder of defenseless civilians as “fight against terrorism”. Subsequently the Nigerian President Buhari and the corrupt cabal of Northern Nigeria that executed the brutal slaughter of men, women and children all rushed to Saudi Arabia to be praised and “rewarded” for their massacre of “Shia infidels”.

Then just of a sudden the Nigerian Government via its secret police (DSS) gave reasons on 14/06/2016 as to “why the detained leader of the Shi’ite Islamic sect, Sheikh Ibraheem el-Zakzaky, will not be released from detention, saying it was keeping him to stave off circumstances that made Boko Haram sect turn violent in 2009″ to quote the Vanguard newspaper.

The Vanguard news report continued:”It told the court that Zakzaky was on December 14, 2015, taken into protective custody by the Department of State Services, DSS, following an intelligence report that he was going to be killed.”

“The 1st (DSS) respondent believes that if the applicant (Zakzaky), who is the leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, one of the largest Islamic groups in the country, is allowed to be killed as revealed in the security report, the country may be plunged into another Boko Haram crisis, which was what necessitated the remand of the applicant in protective custody until it can be ascertained that he is no longer in such danger.” My excerpt of the Vanguard news report ends here.

Nigerians have lots of questions to this deceptive reason given by the Nigerian regime as to why they are presently detaining Citizen Zakzaky. And one of those question is from their “intelligence report” who was planning to kill Sheikh Zakzaky? Are those thousands of soldiers that invaded the home of Sheikh Zakzaky on 13th December, 2015 not personnel of the Nigerian army? Did the Nigerian army Chief Buratai not fraudulently accused Sheikh Zakzaky of trying to “assassinate” him? Did President Buhari not supported the action of the Nigerian army on National TV in his presidential media chat?

And again what did the Nigerian regime and the DSS do to those who plotted to kill Sheikh Zakzaky? Under which law are they holding Sheikh Zakzaky in “protective custody” as that is alien to Nigerian law? Why is he being denied access to his lawyers? What about the continued detention and prosecution of his disciples that were victims of the massacre? Who digged the mass grave and dumped 347 victims of the massacre as confessed by Kaduna state Governor Elrufai? How do we reconcile this with utterences and actions of the Nigerian government and it’s officials at all levels?

The fact remained that the ZariaMassacre was an evil imperialist agenda that has the Saudi regime as a front to assassinate Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and other leading lights of IMN and destroy the IMN. But with the Grace and help of God that evil agenda failed and now the murderous assassin of Sheikh Zakzaky is claiming to be the “savior” of Sheikh Zakzaky! The yet-to-be convicted war criminals that masterminded and executed the brutal slaughter of 1000+ defenseless and unarmed civilians are desperately looking for a “safe exit” to avoid prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

On a final note, no matter how the wicked and evil bloodthirsty oppressors tried to encapsulate the Zaria massacre the result they get is woeful failure as the 1000+ people they brutally murdered were innocent. The whole world is watching and God willing the wicked criminals who murdered 1000+ civilians and dumped their dead bodies in mass Graves will be punished for their crimes against humanity.

Harun Elbinawi


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