The nation’s capital was thrown into tension yesterday as Islamic leader who is in custody of Nigerian authorities might be dead.
Military armoured tanks and heavily armed policemen patrolled the streets of Kaduna in a show of force, while authorities’ hurriedly putting security measures in place to forestall violence by his supporters and persons sympathetic to his cause.
According to Guardian Newspaper, a meeting of a paramilitary body in Kaduna, yesterday, was swiftly concluded with members warned to stay indoors and not travel back to their states for fear of a possible backlash following the rumoured death.
Followers of the leader have been protesting and calling on the government for the release of the cleric following his deteriorating health; even with this, he still remains in detention for reasons best known to the authorities as a court has granted him bail.
The army has however not confirmed this as calls and messages directed at the spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman Kukasheka were not replied. Other security sources contacted for confirmation also refused to comment.
Insisting the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) must be released for urgent medical care, the group, yesterday, warned the Federal Government not to use the rumoured death of Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky as pretext to create a crisis.
“Security agents are spreading false information and rumours, with a view to breaking our will and causing confusion, so that they could seize the opportunity to turn our peaceful protests into violence.
“Credible reports have confirmed that hoodlums have been commissioned by the authorities to foment trouble by burning tyres and property in the course of our peaceful processions. Part of their evil plot involves spreading false news of the alleged death of our leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, due to illness, on fake Facebook profile pages,” said IMN spokesman, Mallam Ibrahim Musa in Kaduna.
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