Colonel Smaila Inusa, who is serving with Nigeria Army School of Infantry, Jaji, Kaduna State, has been reportedly kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Saturday night, March 26.
The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Usman Abdul, confirmed the kidnap on Sunday in a statement issued in Kaduna State. He said the colonel was abducted around Kamazo near NNPC junction, Kaduna, at about 7:30 p.m.
According to Usman, the abductors dropped off his wife and left with him in his car and headed towards Abuja. They drove in a Mercedes Benz GK black colour with registration number Abuja, KUJ 154 TZ.
An intelligence officer quoting a Presidential source, suspects the kidnapping might be linked to the Shiite sects on a revenge mission against the Army over the clash in Zaria last year.
The source however assured that security and intelligence agencies are being mobilised to rescue the missing officer.
There have obviously been a tension between the Army and the Shiite group in Nigeria since the arrest of their leader, Shiehk Ibrahim Zakzaky, who was rumoured to have been shot six times during the Army and Shiite clash in Zaria last year. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW) at least 300 members of the country’s main Shiite movement were killed in violent clashes with Nigerian soldiers.
The Islamic Movement spokesman, Ibrahim Musa says that 750 people remain missing after the clashes, and that out of this many [missing] people, they do not know how many are dead or alive, because since what happened in December to date, no single corpse has been handed over to them for proper burial service.
Zakzaky as known, was trained in Iran and began propagating Shiite Islam in Nigeria around the time of the 1979 Iranian revolution, which saw the overthrow of the monarchy and its replacement with an Islamic republic. He spent nine years in prison during the 1980s and 1990s on charges of civil disobedience brought by successive military regimes in Nigeria.
The Shiite movement is dominant in Zaria, where it has its own army and education system and where it fails to recognize symbols of national identity, such as the Nigerian flag—adding weight to Buhari’s “state within a state” comment. Read More