A viral phone conversation believed to have been made between the leader of the Zaria Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky and an Iranian official has emerged.
Zakzaky gave a report of the situation after the troops besieged his residence in Zaria, Kaduna State on Sunday, December 13, 2015 and Monday, December 14, 2015.
The bloody clash was fuelled when the sect members attempted to block a convoy of army chief of staff Lieutenant Colonel Tukur Buratai on his way to a swearing-in ceremony for army recruits in Zaria as the Shi’ite group were having their annual “Changing of Flags” ritual at their headquarters to usher in the month of Maulud,in which Prophet Mohammed was born.
In the audio clip which was obtained by Dr. Peregrino Brimah, the coordinator of the Every Nigerian Do Something project and political observer, Zakzaky explained that he was inside his home during the attack where several persons have been killed.
It was gathered that the Sheikh was found by the military after he sustained a gunshot injury in a bunker where he hid.
No fewer than 100 persons have been feared dead and several others injured in the bloody clash.
So far, the Sheikh and over 100 followers have been arrested and detained.
Below is the audio of the recorded phone conversation: