Amnesty International Nigeria has revealed that three members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (aka Shiites) have died from gunshot wounds in police custody.
The revelation was contained in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja by Osai Ojigho, the Director of Amnesty International Nigeria.
The group also alleges that 15 members of the Shiites (including minors and women) have been incarcerated for weeks.
Naija Buzz News had published how Nigerian security operatives shot dead over 11 members of the Shiites group following clash with Nigeria Police in Abuja. The Shiites members were protesting the incarceration of their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, since 2015.
The Shiites in a statement following the incident in July revealed that apart from killing many of their members in the clash, the police also arrested many others.
We also reported how Usman Umar, the Abuja Deputy Commissioner of Police; and Precious Owolabi, an NYSC member attached to Channels TV; died in the gruesome clash.
Amnesty International alleges that 3 among those arrested in the July clash had died from gunshot wounds as the police kept them in detention without treatment.
“Nigerian authorities must immediately investigate the deaths from gunshot wounds of at least three members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) while in police custody, and provide urgent medical care to 15 others who need treatment for life-threatening gunshot wounds,” Amnesty International says.
The group had last week accused the Nigerian Government of disobeying court orders over the release of their leader, Sheikh El-Zakzaky.
“Despite a federal high court order of Dec. 2016 Nigerian authorities have continued to keep Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky in unlawful detention and his bail application perpetually delayed, despite repeated concerns over deterioration of his health,” AI said.
We reported earlier today how the Federal High Court in Kaduna granted El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenab, permission to travel abroad for medical treatment.
El-Zakzaky and his wife are in need of urgent medical attention due to their deteriorating health following injuries they sustained from the attack on them by soldiers of the Nigerian Army after a clash between his followers and the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, in Zaria.
Read the statement by Amnesty International below in parts (as obtained by Naija Buzz News);
Nigerian authorities must immediately investigate the deaths from gunshot wounds of at least three members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) while in police custody, and provide urgent medical care to 15 others who need treatment for life-threatening gunshot wounds.
1. Amnesty International is also calling for an independent and impartial inquiry into the 22 July protest especially the killing of 11 protesters, Deputy Commissioner of Police Usman Umar and Channels TV reporter, Precious Owolabi.
2. Only an independent investigation can determine those responsible for the violence and avoidable deaths that occurred and allow for prosecution of those responsible in fair trials.
There can be no justification whatsoever for firing live ammunitions against peaceful protesters, nor for imprisoning them for merely exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.
Last week, the video of 17-year-old Ummu Kulsum, a student from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in Zaria and Fatima Ibrahim Dasuki, emerged as they lay in front of a government building bleeding from gunshot injuries sustained during the 22 July protest.
A source told Amnesty International that he saw at least 15 IMN protesters with various life-threatening gunshot wounds to their legs, stomach and hips, some of them unable to walk, in detention. Among the injured detainees are two minors and two women held in the same cell.
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