The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shi’ites, has called for the immediate release of its leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and wife, Zeenat.
Naija News reports that the Shiites leader and his wife are being held at the Kaduna correctional facility.
Recall that inmates of the Kaduna Correctional Centre recently revolted over the fear of the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading to the facility, which left four inmates reportedly killed.
In a statement on Friday by the President, Media Forum of the IMN, Ibrahim Musa, the group stated that releasing El-Zakzaky becomes necessary in view of the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world.
“Since the outbreak of this coronavirus pandemic, many countries all over the world have been releasing prison inmates in their thousands ostensibly to decongest them, but also as a way of releasing the innocent ones among them who were unjustly detained. By so doing, the nation receives succour from the creator of the world because of the magnanimity,” the statement reads.
“It is in this same vein that Nigerian government is expected to release the foremost prisoner of faith in the country and the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, who has been in detention for almost five years with ailments he sustained in the course of his arrest and detention.”