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DSS arrests Shiites’ spokesman, Musa

THE Department of State Services (DSS) has detained Ibrahim Musa, the spokesman for the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites, with his family and associates seeking his immediate release.

Musa, the Editor-in-Chief of Almizan Newspaper, was reportedly taken away by the DSS yesterday at Kano’s Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA).

Almizan, a weekly Hausa news magazine, also issued a statement yesterday, confirming the DSS’s arrest of its Editor.

A family member, Abdullahi Usman, also stated: “Ibrahim Musa, who was with a family member, Binta Sulaiman, was abducted by Nigeria’s secret police, DSS, at MAKIA, Wednesday morning, while on his way to Saudi Arabia for the lesser Hajj (Umrah).

“No reasons have been provided by the authorities for his abduction, even as he is known for his role in the call for the release of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, who was arrested at the wake of clampdown and alleged extrajudicial killing of about 1,000 of his followers by the Nigerian government in 2015 in Zaria, Kaduna State.”

According to Usman, the family demands the immediate release of Musa, whose only crime is standing against genocide and disregard for law and order perpetrated by those in power under the Muhammadu Buhari regime.

He added: “We draw the attention of the authorities and other stakeholders to the dangers behind extending the murder activities in which innocent men, women and children were extra-judicially killed by the immediate past regime, to the current regime.”

“We want to believe that the present government of President Bola Tinubu would not want to identify itself with the abuse of democratic tenets and human rights perpetrated by the immediate past regime.”

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