Shittes protest planned confiscation of centre by government

“We vehemently reject Federal Government’s move to confiscate our Islamic Centre in Zaria,” the group said, yesterday, in a statement signed by their spokesman, Mallam Ibrahim Musa.

Members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as Shiites have expressed concern over plot by the Federal Government to confiscate the landed property housing the Islamic centre of the religious group, destroyed by soldiers after the bloody clash in December 2015.

“We vehemently reject Federal Government’s move to confiscate our Islamic Centre in Zaria,” the group said, yesterday, in a statement signed by their spokesman, Mallam Ibrahim Musa.

According to Musa, “last Thursday, soldiers of the Nigerian Army were spotted giving cover to labourers hired by the government to fence the plot, where our Hussainiyyah (Islamic centre) stood before its destruction by the military during its genocidal onslaught in December 2015.

“However, the Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Agency (KASUPDA) and its officials are claiming ignorance of the development at the site, when contacted. This has fuelled suspicion that this is a Federal Government project under the direct supervision of the military, who have harboured a secret desire to usurp the property for so long.

“So, we would like to draw public attention and the international community to the fact that the land housing our Islamic centre, Husainiyyah Baqiyyatullah, was legitimately acquired from those who held title to the property. We have all the necessary duly certified documents and papers to that effect.

“And although it was unjustifiably vandalised by the unholy alliance of the military and the Kaduna State government, the plot remains ours. Therefore, Federal Government has no right to start developing a property that does not belong to it, as it is a trespass of the highest order.

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