By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
Worried by the level of loss of lives and property in Abuja the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), resulting from the protests of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), otherwise called Shi’ites, a human rights activist and principal partner of a legal firm, Modibo Wan & Co in Abuja, Barr Wan Mohammed Shehu has raised an alarm on the clash between the police and the Shi’ite sect.
Shehu advised them to adhere strictly to the rule of law in the country.
Barr. Shehu made the disclosure yesterday while speaking to Peoples Daily, urging the federal government to do everything within the ambit of the law to curtail the ugly happenings.
He said the Shi’ites protest has claimed lives and property of Nigerians in Abuja, even though the protesters have been demanding for the release of their leader, Sheik Ibraheem el-Zakzakky who has been in incarceration since 2015 after they had a clash with Nigerian army.
Speaking on the legal implication of the clash, this activist said from 2015, the el-Zakzakky has been in incarceration as a result of a clash between the Shi’ites sect and the army and an Abuja High court in 2016 ordered his release.
He said the Attorney General of the federation, Mr Abubakar Malami SAN said the judgment of the high court in favour of el-Zakzakky was appealed against by the federal government, saying that under the law, the power to order for his release is within the jurisdiction of the appellant court, not that of the executive as the sect has been demanding.
Faulting the actions of the sect, the lawyer said the way they have been going about their demand was disrespect to the law.
Shehu said the law allows for freedom of peaceful assembly which according to him, the Shi’ites sect has such right, but wondered why they resorted to violence.