Shi’ites accuse soldiers of raping, murder their women
By Shola Ojo, Akon Eddy Kaduna
Sisters Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shi’ites had accused the Nigerian Army of raping their women before they were killed by the soldiers.
The Forum called on the Federal Government to release their leader, wife and other members in Army/Police custody with immediate effect.
The Forum made the call while addressing newsmen at the secretariat of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kaduna State Council Secretariat on Tuesday.
Forum Secretary, Hajiya Aisha Hassan said they’re demanding for the immediate release of Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky to enable him access medical services.
According to her, “it is now over three weeks since the Nigerian Army launched a coordinated brutal attack on members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, that killed over one thousand people in Zaria after over 27 hours of indiscriminate shooting and bombing.
“This is not talking about those who have been given mass burial by the Army or even corpses burnt, amongst whom are women and children, some of the women have even been raped before they were killed by the soldiers as confirmed by some of the survivors who were also tortured after their arrest by them.
“The soldiers molested our women and removed their hijab which is a serious violation of Islamic right exhibited by the Nigerian Army.
“Although we are aware that it is a deliberate attempt to intimidate and instigate us into mob actions, we will never resort to anything outside the normal legal process of seeking redress. This is evident in the way we acted last year when the same Nigerian Army attacked our members and killed 34 of them including three biological sons of our leader Sayyid Ibraheem Zakzaky
“Despite this display of inhumanity and gross violation of fundamental human rights, to which no remorse was shown by the state authorities for what was undoubtedly a war crime against fellow Nigerians, the homes, Islamic centers and graves of the victims have been demolished with graves dug up and desecrated.
“These demonic acts perpetrated by Nigerian Army has not only raised the Army’s human rights abuse records but has also turned a lot of women into widows, children into orphans and has also succeeded in wiping out a lot of families,” she alleged.
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