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The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) has denied any involvement in the death of ASP Ezekiel Adama.
The FCT Police Public Relation Officer, Mariam Yusuf had said that Adama was killed by a member of IMN during a protest on Friday.
“That members of the disbanded movement on Friday went on a rampage, destroying public property and attacking innocent citizens, including police officers, using dangerous weapons.
She said that 49 members of the movement had been arrested and would be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of an investigation.
However, the IMN’s spokesman Ibrahim Musa denied the allegations by the police in a statement on Sunday evening.
Please read the full statement from IMN below:
“Our attention was drawn to a mischievous statement released by The Police PPRO, in the FCT, Mariam Yusuf late last Friday, alleging that one ASP Ezekiel Adama of the same command was stabbed to death by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria who were observing the annual International Quds day in Abuja.
“That fake and mischievous statement didn’t come to us as a surprise because, as we had earlier stated before, the government had concluded diabolic plots to associate the Movement with terrorism through series of false flag operations. This undoubtedly must be one of such. The entire content of the police statement is fabricated and meant to further spread their mischief. The general public is therefore urged to disregard it and treat it as a vile lie that it is.
“This year’s Quds Procession was peacefully conducted in at least 30 Nigerian towns and cities, including Kaduna, Kano, Zaria, Sokoto, Katsina and Jos to mention a few. It was the same in Abuja. The only difference being that a combined team of security forces, in keeping with their diabolic schemes and in a show of shame, tracked participants on their way home after the procession had ended, to indiscriminately and without provocation open fire. As a result, many participants were injured, while scores were arrested, simply for participating in a peaceful procession that had ended without any incident. All that these participants were carrying with them were Palestinian flags and banners with inscriptions of solidarity with the oppressed people.
“It should be noted that this is not the first time the FCT Police Command was framing such a trumped-up charge against members of the Islamic Movement. In 2019, they killed a news reporter and a Senior police officer and alleged that both were murdered by members of the Islamic Movement. Evidence, including an autopsy report, later proved that both were killed by police bullets. Additionally, they were unable to prove their allegation in a court of law, where they falsely charged over 60 members of the Islamic Movement.
“Finally, we hereby demand the unconditional release of all the scores of innocent members of the Islamic Movement the police wrongly arrested and are in its custody. We also hold the NPF directly responsible for all those injured as police seemingly shot to punish them for participating in a peaceful procession”