Nigerian Troops says “We want to send a message across all the Shi’ite members across the length and breadth of Nigeria especially in North-West zone”
Nigerian troops earlier today found the embattled leader of Nigeria’s Islamic Shiites, Sheik Ibraheem Zakzaky, at a residence in Zaria where he had been hiding since Nigerian soldiers shot at his followers, killing more than 100 of them, including his son.
Sheik Zakzaky escaped into hiding after sustaining injuries. In addition, Nigerian troops arrested more than 100 Shiites from different locations in Zaria, and They handed all of them to the police according to our source. Shiite leader was found in a location near his residence hiding in a bunker-like location. According to our source, the religious leader looked fatigued and had an injury consistent with bullet wound.
Contrary to several reports that Sheik Zakzaky was arrested on Sunday in a military crackdown, the religious leader had quietly hidden in the underground facility as Nigerian troops battled with his followers in his residence and other locations owned by members of the sect. After the arrest, the Sheik was being held at a military facility.
Speaking at a joint press conference with the Kaduna state Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, on Monday at the 1 Division headquarters in Kaduna, Mr. Oyebade, a Major General, defended the army’s action saying it is the responsibility of the security forces to bring law and order back to society within the rules of engagement.
He said: “The Shi’ite leader and his wife are safe and in protective custody even though I do not know how many wives he has since it was reported that his wife is dead and in the course of time, he, himself will be speaking to his members. “I want to send a message across all the Shi’ite members across the length and breadth of Nigeria especially in North-West zone under my charge, I urge them to keep the peace, I urge them to be law abiding, I urge them not to offer violence to members of the security forces, I urge them to go about their activities peacefully,’