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The Islamic Movement In Nigeria Suspends Street Protest In Abuja

Austin Papi

Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria [IMN] have officially announced their decision to halt all "Free El-Zakzaky" protests on the streets of Abuja, as they seek a more amicable resolution.

They made this known in a statement signed by the Media Chief of the Islamic group, Ibrahim Musa. This development is coming a day after the Inspector General of Police [IGP], Mohammed Adamu, declared the proscription of all activities of the Islamic group following the extensive violence during the protests.

The statement partly reads:

"The Islamic Movement in Nigeria hereby announce to the general public and the international community that it has temporarily suspended its Free Zakzaky street protests to allow for some new openings into the resolution of the problems, especially the court case instituted by our lawyers on the proscription order made by the federal government this week.

“It has taken this step in good faith out of respect for some eminent people and groups, whose input in the resolution of the problems appears genuine and we sincerely hope an amicable way could be found to solve the crises surrounding the illegal detention of our leader for almost four years now.

“If at all any protests occur anywhere in the country, it might be this notice hasn’t reached those in the field or this message is misunderstood or it is some security agents who are mischievously behind it, as they have been doing in an attempt to smear our image and be seen as unruly people rather than as victims of savage oppression since 2015.”

“The Islamic Movement wishes to thank both national and international civil rights activists and organizations who have been busy demanding the protection of our fundamental human rights as enshrined in the constitution.

“We also thank the press, both national and international, and the social media activists for the full coverage of our activities throughout the struggle for justice.”

The street protest in Abuja claimed innocent lives. Recall the painful death of Channels TV Reporter, late Precious Owolabi, a police commissioner, and some protesters. The protest received international acknowledgement when Iran sent a letter to Nigeria seeking the release of the Shiites leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, whom they claimed needed medical treatment.

The suspension would come as a relief to the residents of Abuja, as the unrest in the federal capital territory would seize.