The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites, has warned the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) not to use the name of the group to cover the alleged killing of innocent Nigerians in Sokoto State.
Naija News recalls that NAF had said it was investigating an online report alleging the killing of two persons at Mabera Area of Sokoto Metropolis by its personnel on October 20, 2019.
In a statement on Monday signed by the President Media Forum of the Islamic Movement, Ibrahim Musa, the Shiites group said the NAF killings in Sokoto should be of concern to everybody.
The statement added, “Following an incident that took place at Mabera area of Sokoto town, Sokoto state, where military men of the Nigerian Air force murdered a mother of seven and a young man for teasing the girlfriend of an officer and in an attempt to cover up for the crime, the military men claimed they thought their victims were members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, we find it pertinent to dissociate the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and its members from the misleading claims of the military men and all forms of crimes whatsoever.
“Media reports say eyewitnesses said the crisis began when a lady, said to be the girlfriend of an officer, was teased by young people in the area which led the lady informing her Nigerian Air force officer boyfriend of what transpired. The officer was reportedly said to have deployed a truckload of Air force personnel to Mabera area who trailed a young aspiring student, Abdulsalam Lawan, who took refuge in a nearby house, killing him and a 40-year-old mother of seven, Maryam Abdulrahman on 20/10/2019.”
IMN accused the Nigeria Air Force of trying to cover up what they described as “the act of irresponsibility and brutality” and sweep it under the carpet.
The group called on Nigerians and the world at large to observe the dangerous trend whereby uniformed men can kill anybody at will, after tagging the victim a member of Shiites.
“We hereby call on members of the public to insist that justice should not only be done by prosecuting the officers involved but to also be seen to have been done, even though the Sokoto state government has intervened. This dangerous act of anarchy and lawlessness perpetrated by the military must not be condoned.
“In the recent past since the Zaria Massacre where the Nigerian Army killed over 1000 men, women, and children and gave a flimsy excuse for the genocide, on several occasions, they have engaged in the killing of innocent unarmed members of the Islamic movement and gave false claims to justify it,” IMN added.