The Islamic Movement in Nigeria, otherwise known as the Shiite group, has announced the temporary suspension of its street protests. A statement issued today by the group’s spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, said the protests being used to call for the release of its detained leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky; his wife and others, were suspended to give room for “some new openings” into the resolution of the matter.
Musa disclosed that the suspension would also allow the proper prosecution of the court case instituted by the group against its proscription. The federal government last week obtained a court order to proscribe the group’s activities and brand it a terrorist organization after a recent protest that led to the death of a Deputy Commissioner of Police and a National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) member.
Musa said the protests are being suspended in good faith and with the hope that a genuine and amicable way could be found to solve the crises surrounding the illegal detention of the Shiite leader for almost four years.
He added that if any # Free Zakzaky# protest occur anywhere in the country, it might be that this notice hasn’t reached those in the field or that some security agents are mischievously attempting to smear the group’s image. Musa reiterated the group’s demand that its leader and several other members of the group in detention be released.