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Persecution of Muslim Brothers by the Nigerian Army takes a New Dimension in Jos PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 04 May 2018 21:30

By Mahdi Garba
Sequel to the premeditated attack on Sheikh Zakzaky and his disciples in Zaria on 12-14 December, 2015 members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria especially in northern part of the country have been victims of state-sponsored attacks in numerous ways and occasions. Jos, Plateau State capital is not an exception.

 The pall of doom and gloom descended when followers of Sheikh Zakzaky in Jos converged on their Anguwan Rogo centre popularly known as Markaz to embark on the annual Ashura procession to mark the murder of Imam Husain (as) in August, 2016 but were denied this right by some members of the Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), Nigerian Police, local Vigilante and some hooligans.

Despite forcefully stopping this religious rite, these people went on to set the Islamic Centre ablaze.

It is noteworthy to know that the Islamic Centre before it was razed down by these miscreants consists of a primary school, Fudiyya Primary school, a hall, a dispensary and a library.

They later advanced to the residence of Sheikh Adamu Tsoho to burn the house but were denied that reception by his neighbors. But they succeeded in destroying his personal car and arresting some people including juveniles that were afterward granted bail after being detained for weeks.

To cut a long story short, this persecution has been going on unnoticed. Whenever an attempt is made to clear the razed building for use soldiers stop it. It is learnt that members of the Nigerian military have given some residents their phone numbers to contact them immediately they see any member of the Islamic Movement around the area.

On 31st March, 2018, the Headmaster of the primary school alongside other brothers made an attempt of clearing the site in order to make it capable of being used because since 2016 attack it had brought a halt to every activity in the school.

The soldiers whisked away with the Headmaster, Muhammad Idris and a student Auwal Hussaini. They took them to the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) but they were rejected because the soldiers failed to state the purpose of the arrest. They took them to the OPSH headquarters beside Hill Station Hotel, Jos and have been kept in the same cells with hard criminals.

Family, friends and legal practitioners have been making efforts to see them but all remain futile. They are being tortured everyday and being punished with hunger. The soldiers only give them Garri and when lucky they get a morsel of Amala.

The Nigerian Army should be ready to bear the responsibility of everything that happens to them.

 press conference in jos

Auwal Husaini

 press conference in jos

Idris Muhammad with mic

Last Updated on Friday, 04 May 2018 21:41