SHOWDOWN! Shiites Vow To Continue Protest Despite Military's Threat
It appears members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria known as Shiites are bent on carrying out their activities even in the face of strong opposition.
There are indications there would be another clash between the members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and the Nigeria military on Thursday.
This followed a vow by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to end the protests even as members of the sect declared that they would continue with their protests at the expense of their lives and until their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, was released from detention.
The IGP made the declaration to crush Shiite protest on Wednesday.
Idris made the declaration in an interview with State House correspondents shortly after the inauguration of the 2019 Armed Forces Day Emblem at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“We have made some major deployments and all I can say is that we want to appeal to everybody to cooperate with us to end these crises and by the Grace of God, we will bring the protests to an end,” the police boss said.
Asked why security agents resorted to the use of maximum force against the protests, Idris said, “The agents were responding to the threats against security of lives and property within the FCT. It is our responsibilities to take care of security.”
Idris also said the Federal Government was not ruling out dialogue with stakeholders as one of the ways of ending the protests.
But in restating their resolve to continue with the protest, members of the sect said as long as it would take to release their leader, Shiekh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, their protest would continue.
The spokesman for the group, Abdullahi Musa, made the position of the group known in Abuja, on Wednesday.
Musa, who confirmed that the sect held another protest in the Wuse area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Wednesday, said the protests to demand the release of the sect’s leader, Shiehk Ibraheem Elzakzaky, would continue until the military “kills all of us.”
He said, “Now, we have finished our findings. We have 24 dead bodies here with us. As I speak to you, there are 21 bodies before me. We are going to bury them. And we found that the army dumped three corpses at the University Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada to make 24 corpses. They also dumped nine corpses in the Asokoro and Maitama areas of Abuja.
“This was from the Monday clash. On Tuesday, the army and the police also killed six persons. We have two corpses with us and they went away with four corpses. Between Saturday and Tuesday, more than 40 persons have been killed by the Guards Brigade of the Nigerian Army. And this brigade is answerable only to the President of Nigeria.
“We have information that the brigade has received orders to shoot at us any time we come out. The President cannot claim ignorance of this killing; we are killed just because we are protesting the illegal detention of our leader. We are carrying out our religious obligations.”
He added, “There is no amount of killings that will stop us. This is our belief. One thing about these killings is that the President is aware of them."
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