Shiites vow to challenge alleged arrest of members in court

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The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites, has vowed to challenge alleged illegal arrest of its members on peaceful protest in court.

The Secretary, Academic Forum of IMN, Abdullahi Muhammad Musa, who stated this in a statement on Wednesday, also accused the Nigerian police of abducting one of the Free-Zakzaky Protesters, Yahuza Haruna Masaka, recently.

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It would be recalled that courts nationwide have been shutdown since April 6, 2021, as Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) embarked on strike to demand for financial autonomy for the judiciary.

The statement reads: “We would like to draw attention of the public to a strange happening, unbecoming of a police officer, let alone the FCT Police Command.

“On Friday, 7th May, 2021, around 1400 hours, police whisked Yahuza Haruna Masaka off to an undisclosed detention facility.

“To this very moment, they have, in a vicious manner, denied his family any access to him.

“Mr Haruna arrived at Wuse, Zone 3, to give his younger sister bus fare. On his arrival, he saw her in a Toyota Coaster bus, and moved closer to talk to her.

“Unknown to him, the bus, together with the people on board, had been arrested by the police. As they caught sight of him talking to his female sibling, the police descended on Mr Yahuza with beating and whatnot.

‘The bus, with the 62 people already under the so-called arrest, was moved off to the Eagle Square. At that point in time, the manhandled Yahuza was handed over to the patrol team.

“Even though Yahuza’s younger sister was released, for the past 25 days, all effort to locate him has been abortive, to no avail.

“Abduction has grown rife in this part of the world, and even the police are now giving it a mad-professor experiment.

“It is all sad and tragic. Where are the codes of practice and behaviour? Or, have police operatives cast caution to the winds and dived into what they had been employed to contain?

“It is quite unfortunate that police have now reduced the Eagle Square to IGP’s gruesome ‘Torture Square.’

“In view of the foregoing, we at first condemn conversion of the Eagle Square into IGP’s new ‘Torture Square.’

“We also demand for immediate release of Mr Yahuza Haruna Masaka.

“We again wish to assure the police that we are going to challenge the illegal arrest and vicious tortures of our people in the new ‘Square’ at the famous Eagle Square in a court of competent jurisdiction.

“While condemning the unlawful abduction of Mr Yahuza Haruna as well as the violation of his fundamental rights, yet we demand for immediate and unconditional release of our leader, His Eminence Sheikh Ibraheem Yaqoub El-Zakzaky (H) and his wife, Malama Zeenah Ibraheem.”

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