The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), the umbrella body of the Shia Islamic sect led by the embattled Sheikh Ibrahim El Zak Zaky has dissociated itself from claims by a Presidency source that they are involved in the abduction of Nigerian Army Col. Samaila Inusa.
Col. Inusa was taken in Kaduna on Saturday night by unknown gun men who dropped his wife from his car and took him away towards Abuja.
In a swift reaction, the IMN spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa, described the claim of the group’s involvement as “false, unsubstantiated and mischievous.”
Blaming some media outlets for hastening to quote “malicious sources linking the IMN with the alleged kidnap,” the group indicate dthat the federal government is simply hell bent on maligning them and orchestrating a campaign of calumny to tarnish the IMN’s image.
The group reiterated that neither it nor its leader, El Zak Zaky has or is contemplating the use of unorthodox methods to achieve any of its aims, saying that it condemn, in totality any such devious methods being employed by any other persons or groups anywhere in the country.
“The IMN is a peaceful mass Movement, with enlightened and responsible members. For close to four decades now, it has conducted its activities in the most civilized manner and cannot in any way be derailed from that golden track record. IMN will therefore never be lured or diverted into any form of crime or violence.
“We are forced to believe that the government and its Army are resorting to these vicious campaigns in desperation. They wish not only to bury their crimes against humanity, but also to justify the bestiality they meted on the innocent unarmed members of the Movement between 12th and 14th of December 2015, including burning IMN members alive, sexual mutilation and harassment of women, as well as abduction and illegal detention of members including the leader of the Movement, besides killing over 1000 unarmed citizens.