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Free El-Zakzay Or We Shun Judicial Panel Of Inquiry – Shi’ites

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Islamic MovementThe Islamic Movement in Nigeria otherwise known as Shi’ite sect, yesterday reiterated its stand that it would only appear before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the Kaduna State Government to look into the December 2015 clash with the Army in Zaria, if its leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky is released.

The interim leader of the movement, Sheik Yakubu Yahaya, also listed the release of corpses of slain Shi’ites and other members of the movement detained after the clash as conditions for its appearance before the panel.

Speaking at a news conference in Katsina yesterday, Sheik Yahaya said other conditions include proper constitution of the committee’s membership by including their members, local and international human rights organisations and independent lawyers.

He insisted that the present composition was lopsided with retired soldiers and scholars who had written over 40 books criticising the movement and wondered how they could get fair hearing from such a panel.

“From the foregoing, the recent statement of General Buratai at the human rights sitting calling for the ban on the movement shows a pre-emptive move targeted at us, we have been in existence for over 40 years and our right to association and religious understanding is  being trampled upon”, he said.

“We are not terrorists, don’t own any weapon and we don’t intend to have any, we are ready to help in exposing anyone with weapons, so stop capitalising on this allegation to drag our name in the mud”, he added.

The movement also released the names of 188 of its members in prison and 10 in hospital.

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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