A an injured victim of the Zaria clash between Nigerian soldiers and members of the Shi’ite Islamic Movement of Nigeria (ISM), Abbas Isiyaku has reportedly died in army detention.
According to a statement by Ibrahim Musa, the President of the Media Forum of the organisation, Isiyaku was one of the 14 victims of the massacre, including the leader of the sect Ibrahim Zakzaky who are being held without medical attention after sustaining injuries during the fracas.
The statement read:
There was unfortunately yet another death in detention of a member of the Islamic Movement (IMN) shot by the Nigerian military during the Zaria massacre and denied medical attention this morning. His name is Abbas Isiyaku.
There are some other 13 critically wounded members of IMN still in the prison in Kaduna, Nigeria alone.
Many more others, number unknown, are still being held incommunicado at various military barracks and other detention centers without access to medical care. This is inclusive of our leader Shaikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife.
Many of those that died much earlier, died in similar circumstances, when being shot and wounded, soldiers prevented access to them for prompt medical care even to the Red cross officials.
It is very unfortunate that in our democratic country, the army still detains civilians without proper recourse to the law of the land. We don’t know if Kaduna has already been declared a state under emergency laws. If not, why should people arrested by the army still be in army gulags for almost 3 weeks?
We therefore call on civil liberty organizations and other well meaning Nigerians to help us tell the federal government to release members of IMN still in detention, most especially those with various degrees of bullet and burn wounds they sustained since December 12, 2015 during the brutal clamp down. Failure to release them will belie the response of COAS to members of the committee set up by NSCIA, by appreciating the concern of NSCIA ‘in this avoidable incident’ .
We also reiterated our earlier demand that the military hand over the corpses of members of IMN in their custody, which are in their hundreds. And if as it is being speculated that they have buried them in mass graves, then they should inform the world where the mass graves are. These people they murdered extra judicially are Nigerians with families and relatives who are ready to own their corpses and have rights to them.