Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) arrested the Editor-in-chief of Al-Mizan Newspaper, a weekly publication of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) otherwise known as Shiites, Malam Ibrahim Musa on Wednesday in Kano.
The DSS picked up Musa at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport en route to the Holy Land in Saudi Arabia for the lesser Hajj (Umrah).
In a press statement signed by Abdullahi Usman, on behalf of the Musa’s family, confirmed the arrest and called for his immediate release.
The Family further accused the DSS of abducting the spokesperson for the IMN-Shiite group. “Ibrahim Musa, who was with a family member Binta Sulaiman, was abducted by Nigeria’s secret police, DSS, at the Aminu Kano International Airport early morning on Wednesday while on his way to Saudi Arabia for the lesser Hajj (Umrah).”
“No reason has been provided by the authorities for his arrest even as he is known for his role in the call for the release of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky who was arrested by the government in 2015 in Zaria, Kaduna State,” the statement read in part.
Usman stressed further that Ibrahim Musa was against the acts of “state terrorism, extrajudicial killings and marginalization of a minority group of Muslims by the Nigerian government under President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We want to believe that the current government of President Bola Tinubu would not want to identify itself with the abuse of democratic tenets, human rights abuse and intimidation through genocide perpetrated by the immediate past regime,” he added.
Recall that IMN had issues with Nigerian government, Kaduna State government and the Nigerian security forces back in 2015 when hundreds of their members were killed and their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim ElZakzaki was detained.