From Femi Oyelola Kaduna
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria, INN , also known as Shi’ite has distanced itself from the killing of a Mobile Police Officer in kaduna , during the fracas between the group and security agents on the 21st June 2018.
The spoke person of Movement in kaduna Abdulmumin Giwa, made the assertion in a statement made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday.
According to him, the police and some hired thugs were responsible for the act in a desperate tactics to smear the name of the Movement which has always conducted its protest peacefully.
The statement added that since the existence of Movement in Nigeria under the leadership of Sheikh El-Zakzaky, it never resorted to use of violence, despite series of persecution meted on its members across the country.
“The Islamic Movement strongly distances itself from this crude act.
It was most certainly NOT by members of the Islamic Movement.
Throughout our four decades of existence, the Islamic movement in Nigeria under Sheikh Zakzaky’s leadership has never resorted to violence even in the midst series of persecution of its members across the country. Why would anyone kill a policeman who is also a victim of bad governance?
“Any criminal activity done in the state, the police and authorities are quick to attribute to the Islamic Movement in Nigeria because of the hate it has for the Movement. A clear example was the kidnap of a soldier in Kaduna some years back, only for them to later disprove themselves,” it pointed out.
It explained that it has come to their notice that the Kaduna State Police Command issued a press statement that it “wishes to inform the general public that again, on the 21st June, 2018, at about 1000hrs the violent members of the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) popularly referred to as Shiite, armed with guns, knives, IEDs, etc violently attacked every Police officer on site, during which they brutally killed a Police Officer and injured several others.”
The group said that after that, it was all on the news that a policeman was allegedly killed by the members of the Islamic movement in Nigeria while engaged in a free Zakzaky procession.
“To back up the story, there was a video supposedly of ‘Shiites’ lynching a policeman that has gone viral on the internet.
“Most certainly, this is NOT true at all. It is the greatest subterfuge of all times. We have it on records that Senior Police Officers had met thugs called Civilian JTF a day before the incident at a place called Kinkinau Quarters of Kaduna and plotted this callous and unfortunate murders to be carried out when we come out to conduct our free Zakzaky processions.
“This was to discredit us in order to turn the tables against us. Thus the reported killing of the policeman was a handiwork of some desperate people out to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it. It was the result of a joint handiwork of policemen and thugs.”