After 3 years, police release corpses of Free-Zakzaky protesters in batches

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Following the media reports about the Islamic Movement’s plan to continue with contempt of court proceedings against the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, and the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of National Hospital, the Nigerian Police Force has begun to release the corpses in batches after three years.

The Shield Online recalls that on Monday, the Islamic group, also known as the Shiites, said it had applied for an order for committal of IGP and the CMD to prison for their alleged refusal to obey an Abuja Federal High Court (FHC) order, directing the release of the nine corpses of Free-Zakzaky protesters allegedly killed by the men of the Nigerian police on 22nd July 2019 at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja.

Halima Aliyu had informed the media on behalf of the Academic Forum of the Islamic Movement, under the leadership of Sheikh Ibraheem Ya’qoub El-Zakzaky (H) in Abuja.

However, in a statement signed by Aliyu and made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja, the Shiites disclosed that three corpses out of the nine corpses in custody have been released to them.

According to her, on Tuesday, 4th October, 2022 the police release corpses of three protesters.

She said the three corpses include Shaheed Suleiman Shehu, Shaheed Bilyaminu Abubakar Faska and Shaheed Yakubu Yahaya Faska.

“We would like to inform the public that after withholding the remains of Free Zakzaky protesters for 3 years, police has begun to release the corpses.

” In response to our Press Conference held in Abuja on Monday 3rd October, 2022, where we vow to continue with contempt of court proceedings against the Inspector General of Police, the Police release 3 out of 9 corpses of Free Zakzaky protesters.   

“The protesters were killed by the Police on Monday, 22nd July, 2019 at Federal Secretariat Abuja, while protesting against the unlawful detention of his eminence Sheikh Ibraheem Ya’qoub El-Zakzaky (H) and his wife Malama Zeenah Ibraheem.

“The police officers attacked the procession and opened fire on the protesters which led to instant killing of 12 protesters, 1 unknown person, Usman Umar (Deputy Commissioner of Police) and Precious Owolabi (a Journalist with Channels TV).

“After the incident, the police evacuated corpses of the slain protesters, deposited 4 at National Hospital and 2 at Asokoro District Hospital and  some of the protesters were able to take away other 6 of those brutally killed instantly.

“The police arrested many protesters and detained them at SARS facilities with neither medication nor feeding. While languishing in custody, 3 protesters eventually died, and again the corpses were moved to Asokoro District Hospital, making it 5 thereat.

“The total of people killed by the Police is 18 comprising 15 protesters, 1 Police Officer, 1 Journalist and 1 unknown person.

“Up until this moment, there are still 6 corpses of protesters in Police custody and we vow to continue the struggle to ensure the release of all the corpses,” Aliyu said.

The three deceased had finally been buried today, Wednesday, in accordance with Islamic rites.

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