President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has been accused by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shi’ites movement of placing a travel ban on their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat.
According to IMN, the continued delay to release their passports is an attempt to eliminate them, a year after they were acquitted by the Kaduna High Court.
The IMN called for the release of their travelling documents to enable them seek medical treatment abroad.
The movement made this call in a statement released by Dauda Nalado, on behalf of the Academic Forum of IMN to mark one year of their acquittal.
Nalado claimed that the 2015 Zaria massacre by the Nigerian Army is an attempt to eliminate El-Zakzaky.
The statement read, “We would like to inform the public that despite the favourable judgment of Kaduna State High Court delivered by Justice Gideon Kurada on the 28th of July, 2021, the Buhari regime has refused to return or reissue the travel documents of Sheikh El-Zakzaky and his wife.
“The historic judgement frees the couple without a single condition attached. But reliable information reaching us reveals that tyrant Buhari has placed a travel ban on the freed, notwithstanding their critical health challenges. It is pertinent to let the public know that the freedom of Sheikh El-Zakzaky and his wife is still on the periphery, cruelly delayed and unlawfully denied.
“The public is fully aware of the 2015 Zaria massacre executed from 12th to 14th December. It was an ‘all-out war’ to eliminate the Sheikh and dislodge the Islamic movement under his distinguished tutelage.
“The Nigerian Army under Buhari’s direct command invaded the Husainiyyah along Sokoto Road, the Dambo-film-village-farmyard-cum-martyrs’ graveyard and Sheikh El-Zakzaky’s Gyallesu residence, all in Zaria. They killed his followers over a thousand and set the house ablaze.
“Against all odds, the prime target, his wife and several other family members survived the arson and all that unprecedentedly brutal attack. Yet, no sooner had four soldiers ‘discovered; the whereabouts of the survivors in a laundry room than they started to rain bullets on them, instantly killing three of his sons, leaving the Sheikh and his wife ‘waiting to die from the lethal gunshot wounds, but they are still alive with multiple health complications that could not be treated here in Nigeria, therefore very much in need of urgent medical attention abroad.
“Justice was delayed and prolonged for more than 5 years, but at last the court discharged and acquitted the Sheikh and his wife. Following the court triumph, the couple’s immediate preoccupation has been to cater for their medical needs abroad but their passports have been seized and denied for a year now.”