The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) has confirmed the death of three of its members who sustained gun injuries and held in the custody of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the wake of the violent clash between Shiites member protesting the detention of their leader and security agents on Monday.
“Reports reaching the Islamic Movement in Nigeria have confirmed the death of 3 detainees, who were shot and held in Police custody at SARS headquarters, Abuja since Monday. They died on Wednesday because of bullet wounds they sustained during the free Zakzaky protest early in the week,” he said.
The group express deep worry more of its members might die in police custody as there are currently more than 15, including women and minors, in the SARS detention centre with various degrees of bullet wounds without access to treatment.
The statement added, “All entreaties made by relatives of the detainees for the police authorities to allow them have medication have fallen on deaf ears, an indication that they are waiting for them to slowly die in excruciating pains.
“It is unfortunate that when it comes to dealing with the Shiites, the security agencies throw all known laws and conventions to the dogs, and indulge in savagery as exhibited when the police on Wednesday dumped a Muslim brother of the Islamic Movement by the roadside after torturing him and pouring boiling water over him.”
We are calling on the international community and human right activists and organizations to have a look at the inhumanity taking place at the dreaded headquarters of SARS where unarmed citizens are kept in dehumanizing conditions.”
The group also called on the police to release the wounded for medical treatment.
“We also call on the police to hand over to us the wounded persons so that at least their lives can be saved. The dead bodies of the supporters of the Islamic Movement should be handed to us also, so that their families can give them a befitting Islamic funeral rite.
Burying them in mass graves is a war crime which the police should be wary off in the future,” Ibrahim Musa, spokesman for the IMN stated.