Heavily armed soldiers of Operation Lafiya Dole have arrested two members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) living in Tsangarwa of Gwaram local government area of Jigawa State.
A statement yesterday by its spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa, said "the soldiers who arrived the town in 3 trucks conducted a house to house search on members of the Islamic Movement, claiming they were tipped that members of the Islamic Movement in the town were piling up arms with a view to taking revenge for the Zaria massacre by the military in December 2015.
"This ridiculous allegation is clearly a pretense by soldiers to execute their hidden sinister motives".
According to him, the movement will never resort to violence in the pursuit of its ideologies and objectives
"We have always made it clear times without number that Sheikh Zakzaky-led Islamic Movement in Nigeria is a peaceful mass Movement, whose forty-year history is devoid of any resort to violence in the pursuit of its objectives. Not even after the murderous mission of the military in Zaria, were arms recovered as attested by the report of the Kaduna state Commission of Inquiry.
"This is a clear vindication of our position on use of arms, that only the insane would use weapons to propagate ideas rather than positive thinking, reasoning and use of proofs," the movement said.
The movement, therefore, condemned the military action and called for the unconditionally release of their members immediately, adding that they have committed no offense.