Members of the Shiites Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) staged a protest on Saturday in Kaduna to request for the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
The protest by the IMN took place despite the prohibition placed by the Kaduna State Government and the police on processions and rallies. The government, which had previously illegalized the IMN naming it an insurgent group,said the prohibition was necessary so that peace and order can be maintained in the State.
Shiites members during their protest
On Saturday, the IMN protesters marched through the popular Ahmadu Bello area, causing heavy traffic in the road. They protested in Hausa and English calling on the federal government for the release of their leader who was arrested without trial since December 2015.
El-zakzaky was arrested and detained after over 300 members of the IMN were killed by soldiers who pointed fingers at them for blocking the road and plotting to kill the army chief, Tukur Buratai which was denied by the IMN.
A court in Abuja has since ordered the release of Mr. El- Zakzaky and his wife and ordered payment of compensation to them.
During the protest on Saturday, residents in the State begged the state government to ensure the protest does not turn out violent especially during this festive period.
“I wanted to run away when i heard them coming but all that happened to me was I lost some of my money,” a Kaduna resident, Habiba Sale, said. “I beg (Governor) El-Rufai to please give people maximum security during this Christmas,” she said.
Mr. El-Rufai has assured the Kaduna residents of ensuring proper and adequate security saying all security agencies were working together to ensure peace during the festive season.
Source: Premium Times