“PLEASE HELP, WE ARE INMATES,” scattered prisoners shouted, but instead of help, Army rained bullets on them, IMN laments


…As Islamic Movement vows to drag Nigerian Army to court



The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has vowed to take a legal action against the Nigerian Army over alleged killing of one of its members, Jibril Usman Sarki, who was an inmate in Kuje Correctional Centre over Free-Zakzaky Protest.

IMN made the threat in a statement by Dr. Dauda Nalado on behalf of the Academic Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria on Saturday in Abuja.

–Jibril Usman Sarki…mowed down

The statement titled: “Army Killed Free-Zakzaky Protester at Kuje Prison,” says, “the team of Nigerian Army that was dispatched to Kuje after the prison break which occurred on Tuesday, 5 July, 2022 attacked inmates fleeing for safety on the streets of Kuje.

“An eyewitness informed us that the explosion that occurred and its attendant magnitude, forced hundreds of inmates to move out of the prison premises to save their lives.

“Consequently, Jibril Usman Sarki, alongside other inmates moved out of the prison. About two hours after the incident, the inmates saw some vehicles of Nigerian Army patrolling the streets of Kuje town; they decided to meet the Army to seek for protection and assistance towards voluntary return to the prison.

“The eyewitness noted that the devastated inmates shouted, “PLEASE HELP, WE ARE INMATES”; but instead of help, the Army rained bullets on them resulting in the inmates lying down in the pool of their own blood. The bullets injured scores and killed many, including our brother, Jibril Usman Sarki. After the shootings, the Army deposited the injured and corpses of those killed with the Prison Authorities.

“Jibril Usman Sarki was an inmate in Kuje prison awaiting trial before Justice Suleiman Belgore of FCT High Court for allegedly participating in ‘Free el-Zakzaky’ protest that took place on July 22, 2019 at Federal Secretariat, Abuja.

“Sarki was arrested in July, 2019 alongside 62 others. Within a week of their arrest, three protesters died in Police Custody at SARS, Abattoir due to torture and lack of medical attention and the Police moved the three corpses to Asokoro District Hospital. Up till this moment, the corpses are yet to be released to their respective families,” Nalado alleged.

He said despite the assassination of Jibril Usman Sarki, more than 40 ‘Free-Zakzaky’ protesters being held in the Custodial Centre voluntarily returned to the facility.

“We, therefore, wish to commend all the 40 inmates for this rare show of restraints after the jail break, even as reliable information reaching us disclosed that the whereabouts of three other ‘Free-Zakzaky’ protesters are still unknown.

“Accordingly, we condemn in strong terms, the killing of Brother Jibril Usman Sarki and vow to take necessary legal action against the Nigerian Army.

“We shall also hold Buhari regime responsible for whatever happens to our brothers that are still missing,” he said. 

According to him, it would be recalled that according to the reports by numerous national dailies, 24 hours before the prison break, there was no single Army personnel in the prison which is a clear indication of compromise of the nation’s security, thereby endangering the lives of hundreds of inmates.

“While condemning the attack on Kuje prison, we wish to sympathize with all the victims of this unfortunate incident.

“We urge Nigerians to hold Buhari responsible for the great national embarrassment, which attracted nothing but a mere expression of disappointment by a supposed Commander-in-Chief,” he concluded./SHARE THIS


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