Following a reported infiltration Coronavirus into Kaduna Correctional Center, members of the Islamic Movement in Nigerian, IMN, popularly known as Shiites, have raised an alarm over the safety of their leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky who has been in detention at the facility.
The IMN, in a statement signed on Tuesday by Ibrahim Musa, the President, Media Forum of the IMN, said the group would hold the federal government responsible for any harm to their leader.
According to him, it is the responsibility of governments to protect all inmates in such homes, especially with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world, “as the law presumes all to be innocent until proven otherwise by a law court”.
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The statement said: “Credible reports emanating from the Kaduna Correctional Center, where the government is wrongly detaining Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife has reached the Islamic Movement in Nigeria of a turmoil leading to the opening of fire and blocking of all access roads to the Center.
“We are rightly concerned about these developments and we strongly call on all relevant authorities to ensure that the security and safety of the Sheikh and his wife are guaranteed.
“The case of Sheikh Zakzaky in particular, is quite different, where a federal high court had declared his arrest and detention as unconstitutional and a violation of his fundamental rights.
“Furthermore, the charges for which he is standing trial at the moment have been punctured by two different courts, who tried nearly 200 members on the same charges and discharged and acquitted them all,” the statement added.
The group, therefore, demanded for the “immediate release of the Sheikh and his wife”.