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ABUJA PROTESTS: 46 Shi’ia Members Buried, ‘1,000’ Still Missing

Valentine Chinyem

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The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has said it has buried members killed during a religous gathering tagged: ‘Arbaeen Symbolic Trek’ in Abuja, by the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police Force.

The group said 46 of their members were killed, while 107 sustained injuries. It also said, 1,000 members were still missing after the three-day trek.

This was made known in a statement signed by the IMN spokesperson, Abdullahi Muhammad Musa, on Wednesday.

The statement reads: “The public will recall that on Saturday, 27 October, 2018 the followers of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H) publicly announced the commencement of three (3) days religious gathering (Arbaeen Symbolic Trek) and protest for unconditional release of our leader, Sheikh Zakzaky (H). Unfortunately, during the programme, the Military and Police killed 46 mourners and protesters, injured 107 and 1,000 got missing. The worst part of the crime, the Police are now blackmailing us to cover their atrocities.

“The Academic Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (AFIMN) objected and rejected the baseless claims made by the Police that followers of Sheikh Zakzaky were arrested with explosives and at the same time, we are calling on the public to please ignore the allegation. The Police should come out and tell the world where they got the explosives and account for over 1,000 people that got missing during the three days protest. We are calling for the prosecution of all those that participated in the attack and killing of 46 protesters.”

The statement further added that they would continue to demand for justice and the unconditional release of their spiritual leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.