The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has completed plans to join the World in marking the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances which is scheduled to be held on 30th August, 2017.
This year’s event is coming up as the Islamic Movement issued an updated list of hundreds of its followers who are feared to be among the victims of enforced disappearances since the genocidal forces of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Nigerian army brutally attacked members of the Movement in Zaria over a weekend in December 2015.
It will be recalled that earlier, the Movement had published a list of close to 900 of its members it said were “missing” since that eventful weekend. The list, according to the Free Zakzaky Campaign Committee, did not include the names of many hundreds known with certainty to be detained in Kaduna Prison as a fall out of the attack on the Movement.
This latest list of enforced disappearances includes the names, pictures, addresses, ages, and places with dates they were last seen in accordance with World Standards. Many are believed to be held in secret underground cells and detention centres across the country, but some might have been part of those the government confessed before the Kaduna Judicial Commission of Inquiry that the Nigerian Army killed and were hurriedly but secretly buried in mass shallow grave in Mando area in the outskirt of Kaduna metropolis. Kaduna State officials confessed in the midst of denials by top military officials that it assisted named officers of the Nigerian army to bury 347 members of the IMN the military killed in Zaria between 12th and 14th of December, 2015 in mass graves in Mando at night.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague has opened preliminary investigation into this crime against humanity. However, neither the federal nor Kaduna state government has been able to satisfactorily account for the high number of missing persons or even the corpses it agreed were killed.
Details of the event’s program and activities will be posted in due course.
©#FreeZakzaky Campaign Committee, August 2017