The Islamic Movement of Nigeria has called on the Plateau and Katsina State Governments to release “scores of minors” that have been held in captivity for nearly a week without justification.
In a press release issued on Monday, the Shiite group stated that its members were arbitrarily arrested in large numbers last Wednesday, 12 October, coinciding with the beginning of Muharram, an Islamic holy month that is particularly significant for Shiites.
The group questioned the continued detention of its young members in Katsina and Plateau States, emphasizing that youths arrested in Kaduna and Kano were released on bail due to their status as minors.
The IMN further called on the two State governments to give proper medical attention to the detainees who according to them were injured by security agents.
The group also reiterated call for the unconditional release of its leader Sheikh IBRAHIM ZAKZAKY, his wife and all others under detention for almost a year now.
It says their continued detention is a gross violation of their fundamental human rights.