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Islamic Movement Suffers Rights Violation More Than Any Group In Nigeria -Says Group



The group under aegis of the Coalition of Civil Society organizations North West and North Central has said that the Islamic Movement in Nigeria under the leadership of Sheikh Zakzaky for the past fourth years under its existence has suffered tremendous right violations more than any other group in Nigeria.

The group said this on Saturday while briefing journalists on insecurity and violation of fundamental Human Rights in Nigeria held in Abuja.

The group said that such violation reached a peak when Nigerian Army under the leadership of Lt General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, Commanded and supervised by the commander in Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari with impunity committed the brutal massacre in December 2015 in Zaria on the pretext of Road blocking and assassination attempt, which killed over one thousand unarmed people.
The group noted in a dismay that the Nigeria Army maimed, burnt alive, raped, and demolished homes, also buried hundreds people in mass grave. These evil acts committed cannot be forgotten in our strive for human desired Human Rights to be shaped with in this country.

“The Nigeria Government violated the said (section 33, 34 and 36) of the 1999 constitution which says “Every person has a right to life, and no one shall be deprived intentionally of his life, save in execution of criminal offence of which he has found guilty. No Nigeria shall be discriminated upon basis of his community, ethnic group, sex place of origin and political opinion.

“In this case the minority shoots and members of the Islamic Movement were discriminated by this government. The rights to fair hearing were taken away forcefully as witnessed in the 2015 Kaduna state Judicial Commission of inquiry proceedings and presidential committee on Human Rights Violation by the Nigeria Army.”

“The Islamic Movement and its members had their rights legitimately owned unmovable properties continuously destroyed with sheer wickedness and in some cases denied permission to own,” they added.

The group called on the Nigeria Government to obey the international Criminal Court (ICC), of Justice concerning this gruesome crime against humanity and all the officers that are involved in the massacre of Shia Minority Muslim should be arrested and hand over to ICC for justice to have its cause.

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