Nasiru El-rufai yesterday met with some security chiefs.

SEcurity, Uncategorized

The Kaduca state Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai reportedly had a close door meeting with Police and Army security chiefs in a move many observers speculated have to do with maintenance of peace in the troubled state and to subdue the pressure from the ‘Shiites free El-Zakzaki’ campaign arising from the Zaria impasse and continual detention of the Shiite Leader in Nigeria.

Kaduna state governor, Nasiru El-rufai yesterday met with some security chiefs.

Governor El-rufai of Kaduna state poses with security chiefs
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Detained Nigeria Shiite Leader, El-Zakzaky Charged With Murder

Africa, Islam, Legal, News

While devotees of the detained leader of Nigeria’s Shiite group, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, engaged the Police in several days of protests and riots in several cities in Nigeiria, the Kaduna state  government has decided to charge the Muslim leaders  with murder after years of reported detention. El-Zakzaky and his wife have been reportedly held in custody by the Nigerian government since December 2015 despite court rulings authorising his release.

The government initially claims he was being held in a “protective custody”, but his supporters have in the last two weeks intensified protests demanding his freedom.

In what appears to be a response to the spate of protests, the Kaduna state government slammed a fresh eight-count charge -including homicide punishable by death- on the Shiite leader, his lawyer, Femi Falana, said Thursday.

Court papers available for the media indicate that the charges were filed on April 18.

According to the charge, the alleged offences took place during the December 2015 clash between the Shiites  and a convoy of Nigeria’s army chief, Tukur Buratai.

 

 

Police attack Shiites members during Free Zakzaky campaign in Kaduna and Sokoto states

Crime, local news, Politics
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Police attack Shiites members during Free Zakzaky campaign in Kaduna and Sokoto states

At least one person was killed and over 30 injured as protesting Shiites were dispersed by security operatives in Abuja on Monday, the Islamic group has stated.

The Shiites spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa, said the victim was yet to be identified as “the protesters came from various towns.”

Mr Mohammed also stated that over 200 protesters were arrested by the police, who he accused of being the first to attack the protesters.

“We were carrying out a peaceful protest starting from the Unity Fountain. All of a sudden, they began to attack us. They were the ones who started firing (at) us with teargas.

“We were not violent in our procession but we had to defend ourselves somehow and that was why we attacked back.

“So far, we’ve been able to confirm about 200 persons arrested, over 30 injured and one person is dead,”

The protesters took to the Unity Fountain, beside Transcorp Hotel to demand the release of the leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who has been detained without trial for over two years.

The Nigerian government has kept the Shiite leader in custody since 2015 when his group had an encounter with a convoy of the Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai, leading to the massacre of about 300 Shiite members, including Mr El-Zakzaky’s sons.

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Several security officers from the army, police as well as civil defence on Monday forcefully dispersed the protesters as eyewitnesses said the officers fired teargas and gun shots into the air.

Videos and footages have also been released by eyewitnesses showing the dispersal of the protesters and some of them throwing stones at police vehicles.

Monday’s action came a few days after the the Abuja police commissioner, Sadiq Bello, placed an indefinite ban on daily sit-outs at Unity Fountain by pro-democracy and good governance advocates across Abuja, a move that was condemned by activists.

Mr Bello maintained they took the decision because he sees the the groups, including the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ movement, as public “nuisance.”

“All of them are in the same category, they’re disrupting people’s activities and infringing on their human rights by blocking the roads and other things. They’re constituting a nuisance” the commissioner told PREMIUM TIMES by telephone Friday night.

The Shiites spokesperson, however, vowed not to relent until their leader is released.

“We are demanding the release of our leader and we are going to continue our peaceful protest. If they attack us, no problem. We will continue with our protest. Tomorrow, insha Allah, we are coming out to continue the protest,” he said.

When contacted, the Abuja police spokesperson, Manzah Anjuguri, said the police would soon release a statement on the incident.

SecureWatch: The Shiites, Police Attack on Abuja

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 Shiites and police Violent engagement increased tension and put residents life at risk in Abuja, Nigeria –

Abuja Nigeria has been known as the melting pot for Nigerians. The mixture of Nigerian elites from all regions of the country in a peaceful mix have led to the growth of commercial activities in Abuja metropolis and satellite towns. Political activities even failed to divide this tranquil town until recent actions suddenly broke the camel’s back and unleashed mayhem on Abuja streets.

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Most residents of Abuja have in recent weeks decry the never ending engagement between the followers of the state imprisoned Shiite Leader  El-Zakzaki and the Nigeria Police. The escalation in violence gathered momentum over the past few months, starting with daily sit out by the Shiites at the Unity Fountain Abuja. All hell were let loose last last Friday when the Shiites blocked most major roads in the Central Business  Districts calling for the release of their leader by  the government.

The police reacted with Force and banned all protests and unlawful gatherings in Abuja metropolitan area. But clearly undeterred, the Shiites have continued their sit tight protest. Their protesters have literally turned Abuja into a city of  occupation and litters. Despite police use of its personnel to cordon and arrest the protesters. Protesters numbers had burgeoned and activities escalated, leading to fear and trepidation for inhabitants of Asokoro, Maitama, Wuse and Garki communities in Abuja.

Current situation this morning Monday was reported as tense. Reports of rockets and gun shots being heard in an around central Abuja as the situation degenerate into  direct use of force by the police to dislodge the protesters. several reports on social media monitored a few minutes ago warned residents to stay.indoors and avoid driving around Maitama Abuja as violence between police and protesters reaches breaking points. We shall continue to monitor situation and give updates on this platform, please be save.

Our Take:

Increasing tension in Abuja in these period of heightened insecurity in Nigeria leaves a little to be desired. While we are never going to indulged in the politics of Islam tenets and the insinuation of biased treatment of the Shiites Leaders -which is really a matter in the court- what we aimed at is the need for the public to be protected from the unwarranted threat to most residents going about their business in a legal manner. Why would  a nation with security issues arising from religious radicalism continue to court another crises based on challenges of religious belief of over 5 million youth? This are issues to be handled professionally and we are looking forward to a more professional look at our response to these protests.

 

  Editor