The Islamic Movement (Shiites) in northern Nigeria has denied responsibility for the abduction of Army Colonel, Smaila Inusa, who was kidnapped on Saturday night, March 26, by unknown gunmen.
Hence, as quoted by an intelligence officer, the abduction might be a revenge mission by the Islamic sect against the Army over the deadly clash in Zaria last year, but the Shiites group has sent a statement of stance; denying their involvement in the crime.
The statement issued on Monday by Ibrahim Musa, the President, Media Forum of the Islamic Movement, said:
“Our attention has been drawn to a false, unsubstantiated and mischievous claim, that looks more like a planned operation aimed at painting the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) black, of some ‘intelligence’ report that the IMN may plan kidnap of military officers for ransom for the release of our revered leader, His Eminence Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky.
The statement quoted that, the IMN under the leadership of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, “has never, is not and will never engage in any form of crime to meet any of its objectives.” Musa said their believe condemns crime and criminal activities.
Therefore he said, it will be illogical and unreasonable for anyone to presume that the IMN would act adversely to their believes and resort to kidnapping.
“It has conducted its activities in the most civilized manner and cannot in any way be derailed from that golden track record. IMN will therefore never be lured or diverted into any form of crime or violence.
“It is obvious that the government and its Army are going further with their plans of campaign of calumny and false propaganda against the Movement ranging from smear documentaries on Television networks, advertorials in daily newspapers, sponsoring fake non-governmental organizations and engagement of some very dubious characters to malign the IMN and its leadership, to engaging in organized crimes and attributing same to the Movement.”
The statement called on government and its Army to own up to their crimes and release their revered leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and other members unconditionally.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Army had earlier on Monday, offered a million naira reward for anyone with useful information that could lead to the rescue of the kidnapped Colonel.
They also promise to give adequate protection to any volunteered informant, adding that such tip-off would be treated with utmost confidentiality.
Colonel SmailaInusa, was seized in his Mercedes-Benz car by gunmen around Kamazo, along Kaduna Refinery Road, in Chikun local government area of Kaduna State on Saturday, 7:30pm.