The Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN otherwise called Shiites, has called on the public to disregard what’s being peddled on social media that it intends to attack Kaduna on Wednesday, due to the arraignment of its leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky at a Kaduna state High Court.
This was made known to newsmen in a press statement issued yesterday by the President of IMN Media Forum, Ibrahim Musa.
He said, “The Islamic Movement in Nigeria cautions the general public about some false statements being circulated today Tuesday 10th July, 2018 among residents of Kaduna city that we are planning a “big attack” tomorrow during the trial of our leader, Sheikh Zakzaky at the high court.
“One of the messages being circulated on WhatsApp reads: ‘Security alert. Kindly avoid Magajin garin and Kasuwa areas dis Wednesday 11th. D Zakzaky people are planning a big attack. Pass it on.’
“It’s a false flag message which we believe is being peddled by our detractors, the security agents inclusive.
“We have never staged any attack on anybody throughout our 40 year history. Even at the last sitting it was the security agents that attacked us and disturb public peace. We urge the public to disregard that devilish message and go about their businesses. We are peaceful as we have been for many years.
“The truth of the matter is we don’t even have any plan to stage a peaceful protest in Kaduna tomorrow. This clearly shows that the messages were mischievously concocted to damage the peaceful reputation we enjoy among the public.’
The statement added, “We are aware of attempts by the security operatives to turn our peaceful protests to violent ones by attacking us unconstitutionally.
“We will therefore like to assure the public that our history speaks for us, we are always the victims of forceful aggression.
“We, however, wish to caution our oppressors to abide by the constitutional demands of allowing peaceful assembly and protest of citizens wherever and whenever. We have never killed, maimed nor destroyed anybody’s property, and we will not start it now. All that we are saying and will keep on saying is FREE OUR LEADER SHEIKH ZAKZAKY.”