The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (aka Shiites) has accused the Nigeria Police of hiding corpses of 12 of its members who were killed in the July bloody clash with security operatives in Abuja.
According to the group, apart from 12 of their members who were shot dead by the police, 63 others who were arrested are still in detention. The group further noted that 11 out of those in police custody sustained injuries that require urgent medical attention.
“We wish to inform the public about the continuous incarceration of the victims of Monday, 22nd July 2019 police brutality. The victims had been severely injured before being whisked away, and they are still languishing in police cruel custody,” Abdullahi Musa, the Shiites spokesman, stated earlier today in Abuja.
“Again, police authorities are yet to release 12 corpses to their bereaved families for funeral prayers according to Islamic injunction. Nine of them were killed at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja, three died in their detention,” he added.
The group was protesting the incarceration of their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, who has been in detention since December 2015 following a clash between his followers and the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, in Zaria.
The IMN in its Wednesday statement demanded for the release of their members currently under police custody and also the 12 corpses for befitting burial.
“The families of those that were killed have made several attempts to collect the corpses, but the police rejected their request. Now, over two weeks after the incident, the corpses are still with the police,” the statement read.
According to the Shiites spokesman, the police had invaded the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital few days after the clash and took away their wounded members who were receiving treatment.
The group accused the police of deliberately refusing to charge their arrested members to court. It further alleged that the police kept the wounded Shiites in an unknown location without providing them required medical attention.
Amnesty International had few days ago accused the Nigeria Police of denying wounded Shiites members medical treatment. The group (AI) further alleged that 3 of the wounded Shiites in police custody had died from the gunshot wounds sustained in the protest.
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