Islamic Movement in Nigeria known as Shi’ites has stated the reason why the Federal and Kaduna state governments should release its leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.
The group said that the release is necessary in view of the trying times facing the country as regards the coronavirus pandemic.
The call was made by the Movement in a press statement issued to newsmen on Friday by the president of its Media Forum, Ibrahim Musa.
IMN argued that there are many valid reasons on which his release should foremostly be considered by the authorities, saying that, “Sheikh Zakzaky deserves immediate freedom for very many reasons particularly at this difficult period that the nation is facing the scourge of Coronavirus.
The Shi’ites lamented that Zakzaky had remained in detention despite a 2016 federal high court ruling that declared his arrest and detention as unlawful, unconstitutional and a breach of his fundamental rights.
The statement added that, “even the court case for which the Sheikh is being prosecuted in Kaduna shouldn’t stand against his release at these difficult times, because “two different Kaduna High Courts have since discharged and acquitted almost 200 members of the Islamic Movement, who stood trial for the same charges he is allegedly said to have aided and abetted, for which he is currently unfairly being tried as a ploy to justify his perpetual detention.” The statement read