Amnesty International has earlier today, Wednesday, August 30, called on Nigerian authorities to conduct investigation to unravel the mystery in the claim by a pro-Iranian Shiites religious group that over 600 of its members in Nigeria are missing.
A statement from the world body reads in parts as follows –
“Amnesty International is calling on the Nigerian authorities to investigate all cases of enforced disappearances and bring all those suspected of criminal responsibility to justice…
According to figures provided by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), at least 600 of their members’ whereabouts is not known.”
Recall that nor fewer than 350 Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) followers, led by their cleric leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky, were killed in abclashes with the military in the northern town of Zaria, Kaduna State in December 2015 when the group allegedly blocked the road and refused to allow the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff to pass through the town.
The leader of the group, Zakzaky who was injured in the violent clash has remained in custody ever since then for what the authorities described as incitement and subversion.
It is on record that the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) has engaged in a running battle with the Nigerian government since it started trying to enthrone a Shiite Islamic revolution in a Sunni Muslim dominated Northern Nigeria.
Amnesty International’s call came at the instance of the International Day of the Disappeared in which the world’s attention is called to the plight of disappeared people and the circumstances surrounding the subject matter around the world.