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Nine Years In Detention: Islamic Movement Calls For Release Of Shiite Sect Members, Haruna Abbas, Two Others In Nigeria

August 15, 2022

The IMN raised concern over the continued incarceration of their members with no end in sight. 

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria, otherwise called Shiites, has called on the Nigerian authorities to put an end to the continued detention of three of its members who have been in detention for almost nine years. 

Mohammad Abdullahi, who released a statement on behalf of the movement, obtained by SaharaReporters on Sunday, raised concern over the continued incarceration of their members with no end in sight. 

The statement reads, “It is approaching 9 years since the illegal arrest of Malam Haruna Abbas, Ibrahim Hussain and Adamu Suleiman by State Security Service (also known as DSS- Department of State Services). Malam Haruna Abbas was arrested at Aminu Kano International Airport upon his arrival from a foreign trip on March 16, 2013. Ibrahim Hussaini and Adamu Suleiman were arrested at their respective residences in the presence of their families.

“Sequel to his arrest, Haruna Abbas was taken to DSS National headquarters in Abuja and kept for 3 days in isolation and interrogated by MOSSAD agents. Malam Haruna is being framed for sponsoring terrorism by allegedly sending Ibrahim and Adamu abroad for terrorism training while in the series of his interrogation (sic), there is threat to kill one of his colleagues in detention by the agency.

“After spending over 2 years in the hand of DSS, the victims were then transferred to Prison by the agency. The victims were taken to a court presided by Justice Ademola who served in favour of the plaintiff and later withdrew the case. The trial was then unjustly shifted to another court as a fresh case presided over by Justice Chikere who started with fair trial and later culminated in favouring the plaintiff by delaying the case without achieving anything till her retirement.

“The worst part of the case is now being transferred to another Court presided by new Justice as a fresh trial. With this sluggish, lazy and illegal trial with no evidence to prove the victims are guilty for the past 9 years, nothing can be achieved with the new one.”

Abdullahi added that one of the detainees, Haruna Abbas, is suffering from hypertension, chronic ulcer, diabetes and other health complications. 

While suspecting some foreign interference by the United States of America and the Israeli governments, he said efforts to secure their bail on different occasions have been frustrated.

“In Nigeria, there are hundreds of victims that were secretly and unjustly exterminated without their issue getting publicised or their family raising the matter mostly due to financial crisis or series of threats.

“Some of them were mistakenly arrested and jailed to death or killed while they couldn't be exonerated due to the absence of follow-up and the issue will go in vain. While some of them were either abducted or arrested due to some ulterior motives of government interest, thus, assassinating them covertly, this is the worst part,” the statement added.