Daily Sun investigation revealed that soldiers allegedly killed the wife and son of the leader of the group in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim Yakubu El- Zakzaky, including his second in command, Sheik Muhammad Turi. Although, no formal statement had been issued, it was gathered that the leader of the group may have been arrested by the army.
It was also gathered that Zaria had, since midnight of Sunday, been on fire, as members of the group from other parts of the country regrouped to rally round their leader after Saturday’s clash.
It was further gathered that, soldiers, on getting an alert of the sect members’ regrouping, mobilised and surrounded El-Zakzaky’s residence at Gyallesu area of Zaria and allegedly shot sporadically at anyone who either moved in or out of the residence.
The sect, in a statement yesterday, said wife of its leader, Malama Zeenat Ibraheem Zakzaky, his son, Aliyu Ibraheem Zakzaky, the sect leader in Kano and Turi, the spokesman of the group, Malam Ibrahim Usman and one Dr. Mustapha Sa’eed were among those killed by soldiers.
The statement, signed by the President of Media Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Malam Ibrahim Musa.said “the claim by the Army that members of the movement attempted to assassinate the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai was a blatant lie as the army came back to launch their attack more than an hour after the COAS had passed.
“Clearly, the Nigerian government, through its military, is now on rampage, in an all-out war with the Islamic movement, its members and structures. The scale of this attack, would suggest, was meticulously planned by authorities and now being executed ruthlessly. The alleged attack on COAS Burutai was just an alibi. In the meantime, there is no idea as to the whereabouts of the leader of the movement, Sayyid Ibraheem Zakzaky nor his current condition, and aggrieved members of the movement across the country have taken to the streets in condemnatory protests” the statement said.
In a related development, Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, has called for calm, in the face of protest by members of the group, within Kaduna metropolis.
Spokesman of the governor, Samuel Aruwan, in a statement, said el-Rufai has visited Zaria town where soldiers and Shi’ite clashed. Aruwan confirmed that the governor, who appealed for calm, has spoken with the Shiites leader on phone and met with Buratai in Zaria on Sunday.
As at the time of filing this report, reports from Zaria indicated that, the soldiers have, allegedly levelled Gyallesu residence of El-Zakzaky. In a related development, The Army has assured that the unfortunate incident, would be investigated and nipped in the bud.
A statement by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, described the clash as unfortunate and assured that it would not be overlooked.
Usman decried the tendency of Shiite members to subject members of the public to unwarranted inconvenience anytime they are on procession. -The Sun