*It’s a lie—POLICE
By Luka Binniyat & Marie-Therese Nanlong
KADUNA—The Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, yesterday, accused Plateau State Government of detaining scores of Shi’ite minors, including a four-year-old girl, Salamatu Yunusa.
However, Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Peter Ogunyanwo, said 45 Shi’ite members were arrested, but 44 are remanded at an undisclosed destination.
He added that the 45th person was not in custody as she was a minor of less than five years old.
But in a statement by its spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, IMN also accused Kaduna and Katsina governments of orchestrated violence against them.
According to the statement, “since the attack on members of the Islamic Movement by security agents in connivance with some miscreants across some states last Wednesday, authorities arbitrarily arrested people and charged them to courts on trumped up charges and remanded in prison custody.
“The courts, where those arrested were taken to, have also remanded scores of minors in jail, including four-year-old Salamatu Yunusa, being held in Jos.
“This absurdity, however, contrasts with what happened in Kaduna and Kano states, where tens of those arrested were released on bail being minors. It is surprising, therefore, why the case in Katsina and Plateau should be different, when evidence strongly suggests that the attacks in all the states were orchestrated by a central command.
“We, hereby, call on the authorities in these two states to release these minors who have by now unjustifiably spent about a week in jails. This is an embarrassment to the nation.
“In the same vein, those who were brutalised and injured among those in detention are yet to get proper medical attention. They are prisoners of conscience. This is unfortunate and a gross miscarriage of justice.
“All humanitarian laws recognise that prisoners should not be denied medical treatment. This cannot be an exception.
“We also condemn, in very strong words, the inhuman brutality meted to IMN members by the Army in Jos for no other reason than their faith. We, therefore, call for their release without further delays.
“IMN recognises that the recent attacks on its members by security agents, in collaboration with some unemployed youths across the various states, was instigated by Kaduna Government.”