Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) yesterday, protested in Abuja despite efforts by the men of the Police Force and Civil Defence to hamper the protest.
According to Ibrahim Musa, President of the Media Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, the protest comes on the heels of the discovery by the Movement that the health of its leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, has badly deteriorated, and that the federal government is still not willing to comply with the court orders that have asked that he be released and duly compensated.
“From a rare visit to our leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, it has been confirmed to us that his health has suffered a severe knock in the past two days, such that he is critically ill and in urgent need of the best medical attention possible,” said Musa.
The protest which recorded a massive turnout of members of the group from the different states of the federation and the FCT, was held at the Federal Secretariat.
The protesters however, met a strong resistance by the Police and Civil Defence when they made to advance towards the way that leads to the National Assembly.
The Police used metal barricades to prevent them from making progress to no avail, as they violently removed the barricades and charged towards the Police chanting the “Free Zakzaky” chorus, despite the multiple canisters of tear-gas been fired at them. It was the timely intervention of some of the leaders of the Movement that prompted the protesters to change the direction of the protest.
It would be recalled that the Islamic Movement in Nigeria declared during its last month’s major protest in Abuja, that it would continue to hold a chain of protests beginning from this month, until its leader is released and duly compensated.
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