The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has alleged that a member of the Shiite group, Abbas Isiyaku, was killed while in detention on Saturday, January 2.
Isiyaku was said to have been shot and denied treatment, Leadership reports with reference to the IMN seniors. Apart from that, Ibrahim Musa, who is the head of the sect's media forum, said:
"Many more others, number unknown, are still being held incommunicado at various military barracks and other detention centres without access to medical care. This is inclusive of our leader Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife.
"Many of those that died much earlier, died in similar circumstances, when being shot and wounded, soldiers prevented access to them for prompt medical care even to the Red Cross officials. It is very unfortunate that in our democratic country, the army still detains civilians without proper recourse to the law of the land. We don’t know if Kaduna has already been declared a state under emergency law. If not, why should people arrested by the army still be in army gulags for almost 3 weeks?"
He urged the rights organizations to help them persuade the Nigerian authorities to release the detained Shiite group members, especially those who have been suffering the injuries sustain in a December 12 clash with the army.
The IMN also called on the government to show respect to the families of the sect members "murdered extra judicially" and release the corpses of their relatives.
"And if as it is being speculated, they have buried them in mass graves, then they should inform the world where the mass graves are. These people they murdered extra judicially are Nigerians with families and relatives who are ready to own their corpses and have rights to them."
Meanwhile, a serious scandal broke yesterday after the execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr , who used to be a leader of the peaceful protests held in 2011 in Eastern Province, where the Shia minority of Saudi Arabia complained of marginalisation.
Following the development, Hossein Jaber Ansari, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesperson, said that Saudi Arabi would answer for killing.