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Second Year Anniversary of Zaria Massacre: IMN writes Senate President, Speaker House of Reps

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) today wrote the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara on the ocassion of the second year anniversary of the Zaria massacre and detention of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife, Malama Zeenat Ibrahim, even as a Federal High Court had declared their detention as unconstitutional and therefore ordered their immediate release.

The letter urged the Legislative heads to bring up the matter of Zaria massacre on the floor of their respective chambers.

The full content of the letter reads:

For the Senate President:

12th December, 2017.

The Senate President,
Federal Republic of Nigeria,
National Assembly,
Abuja.

Distinguished Senate President,

Second anniversary of Zaria massacre and illegal detention of Sheikh Zakzaky

Today 12th December 2017 marks the second anniversary of that horrendous Zaria massacre and illegal detention of our leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and hundreds of others in Nigeria.

At the onset of the crisis, we acknowledge and appreciated the swift reaction of the Senate in setting up a committee to investigate what happened in order to try and redress it. The committee invited us and we obliged and met with them, even as the brutal attack was on-going. Two years on, we have not heard anything else from the Senate. There has been confirmation of mass extrajudicial murder of over three hundred defenceless citizens (by
government’s own confession) carried out by the Nigerian Army, paid from tax payers money to defend the very people they massacred. There has been confession of mass grave – a crime against humanity by all international standards. There has also been blatant abuse of due process and the rule of law by public officers resulting in severe cases of abuse of fundamental human rights of our leader and members. Despite all these, the Senate has remained mute.

Distinguished Senate President Sir, we have had cause to write series of letters to you since then and have on occasions also led peaceful processions to the National Assembly on the same subject matter, all to no avail. You will also recall that we have all along endured States-perpetrated violence in the course of engaging in our religious rites, sometimes with great loss of innocent lives of citizens. Furthermore, court judgement that declared the continued detention of our leader and his wife as unconstitutional is being contemptuously defied with so much impunity by the Federal government, against the rule of law and natural justice.

Distinguished Senate President Sir, we are writing to you to raise this issue on the flow of the Senate to demand justice for Zaria Massacre, immediate release of Sheikh Zakzaky and to halt the continuing persecution of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN).

In addition to the massacres of December 2015, and the hundreds of detentions without charge, or arrests and sentences based on trumped up charges, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, our leader and Malama Zeenah remain imprisoned without charges or access to medical and legal consultations despite the court order demanding their release from December 2016.

We are sure you agree that this is unacceptable state of affairs, and that the Nigerian Senate must intervene to ensure that these injustices are rectified immediately.

We urge your office to take this issue on the floor of the Senate and take all necessary actions against these gross violations of the rights of citizens guaranteed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), which all political office holders swore to uphold and protect.

We look forward to hearing from you soonest regarding the action your office will take in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Signature

Abdulhamid Bello

For the Speaker House of Reps:

Date: 12th December, 2017

The Honourable Speaker,

House of Representatives,

National Assembly,

Abuja.

Honourable Speaker,

Second anniversary of Zaria massacre and illegal detention of Sheikh Zakzaky

Today 12th December 2017 marks the second anniversary of that horrendous Zaria massacre and illegal detention of our leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and hundreds of others in Nigeria.

At the onset of the crisis, we acknowledge and appreciated the swift reaction of the House of Representatives in setting up a committee to investigate what happened in order to try and redress it. The committee invited us and we obliged and met with them, even as the brutal attack was on-going. Two years on, we have not heard anything else from the Senate. There has been confirmation of mass extrajudicial murder of over three hundred defenceless citizens (by government’s own confession) carried out by the Nigerian Army, paid from tax payers money to defend the very people they massacred. There has been confession of mass grave – a crime against humanity by all international standards. There has also been blatant abuse of due process and the rule of law by public officers resulting in severe cases of abuse of fundamental human rights of our leader and members. Despite all these, the House has remained mute.

Honourable Speaker Sir, we have had cause to write series of letters to the National Assembly since then and have on occasions also led peaceful processions to the National Assembly on the same subject matter, all to no avail. You will also recall that we have all along endured States-perpetrated violence in the course of engaging in our religious rites, sometimes with great loss of innocent lives of citizens. Furthermore, court judgement that declared the continued detention of our leader and his wife as unconstitutional is being contemptuously defied with so much impunity by the Federal government, against the rule of law and natural justice.

Honourable Speaker Sir, we are writing to you to raise this issue on the flow of the House to demand justice for Zaria Massacre, immediate release of Sheikh Zakzaky and to halt the continuing persecution of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN).

In addition to the massacres of December 2015, and the hundreds of detentions without charge, or arrests and sentences based on trumped up charges, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, our leader and Malama Zeenah remain imprisoned without charges or access to medical and legal consultations despite the court order demanding their release from December 2016.

We are sure you agree that this is unacceptable state of affairs, and that the House of Representatives must intervene to ensure that these injustices are rectified immediately.

We urge your office to take this issue head-on on the floor of the House and take all necessary actions against these gross violations of the rights of citizens guaranteed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), which all political office holders swore to uphold and protect.

We look forward to hearing from you soonest regarding the action your office will take in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Signature

Abdulhamid Bello

Although the Nigerian Police physically blocked the way leading to the National Assembly, the letters were delivered and collected by the Clerk.

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