Members of Shiites, otherwise known as Islamic Movement of Nigeria,IMN, on Thursday stormed the National Assembly to protest the continued detention of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
The peaceful protesters, who were carrying placards and several portraits of the detained leader converged on the main entrance of the National Assembly from different locations at about 12 noon.
Recall that El-Zakzaky was arrested in December after over 300 members of his group were killed for blocking a road in Kaduna being plied by the motorcade of the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.
The Shiites, who were led by the secretary of the academic forum in Nigeria, Abdullahi Musa, said they had gathered to know the position of the Senate regarding the continued detention of their leader.
In the words of Musa, “This is the third time we are coming here. We submitted a lot of documents to the National Assembly but we are yet to get any response.
“We submitted the third batch of documents yesterday and we came here today to hear from them.
“We do not believe in the so called protective custody. We want him freed so that he can go for his treatment. They have inflicted several injuries on him. What we ask for is that justice prevails,” he said.
Musa continued that they were at the National Assembly to know what the Senate would do and if government plans any action regarding their members who he said were killed by security operatives during peaceful protests across the country.
“They killed our member and government has been silent. We want to know what their position is,” he asserted.
Meanwhile, the protest came to a halt when the Commissioner of Police, Mohammad Mustafa arrived the scene. He was accompanied by a water cannon truck and three pick up vans carrying anti-riot policemen.
Source: Naija News