Sisters Forum of the Islamic Movement on Monday raised alarm that 23 girls are in the Army or police custody after the December 2015 Zaria massacre.

The forum urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to as a matter of urgency, order the release of the girls who the group said are languishing in detention in spite of life-threatening injuries sustained by some of them.

The sisters also called for the release of Sheikh El-Zakzaky, his wife and his followers in detention.

According to the group, names of the 23 girls are: “Sumayyah Isah Hassan Samaru, Fatima Waziri Isah Samaru, Aisha Abubakar Zaki, Nusaiba Abubakar Zaki, Fatima Abubakar Zaki, Batula Buhari Jega, Fatima Lawal, Fatima Aminu Maihoto, Fatima Muhammed (Uncle), Fatima Amin and Baraka Ishaq.

Others are: “Nusaiba Yakubu, Nusaiba Abubakar Abdullahi, Fatima Ahmed, Sukaina Jaafar, Habiba Hajiya, Hauwau Dalhatu Dakace, Fatima Muhammed Lawal, Rukyyah Nuhu, Kubra Sani, Ummul Aiman, Nusaiba shafiu, Nusaiba Shafiau Alhassan Kazaure and Rabi Maman Kubra.”

Zainab Zakariyya, who spoke to reporters in Abuja on behalf of the Sisters Forum of the Islamic Movement said: “We would like to inform the general public that the families of 705 people that got missing over the course of the December-2015 massacre in Zaria are yet so anxious for their missing children.

“46 months after, neither the Nigerian Army nor the Police are saying anything about the missing persons or their whereabouts. Even more distressing is the case of 23 girls kidnapped. These girls were made off with in a broad daylight: attached to this press release is a comprehensive list with their names and where they hailed from.

“Most surprisingly, the stage-managers of the massacre, particularly Buhari, on whose table the buck stops, are keeping mum, and their flinty silence is quite deafening. If Saudi Arabia footed the bill of the massacre, Buhari is the proxy through which it was ordered; and the Army, along with the Police, are the handy instruments for its execution headlong into a bang.

“Thus, from the orchestrators down to the killer-cum-arsonist troops and undercover agents, no one wants anybody to be informed about the fate of the missing people. But, if anything else, the government’s silence acquiesces to more conspiracies in the offing.


“Nigerians and international community are well acquainted with this massacre, where more than 1,000 innocent men, women, children, the aged and infants were killed within 48 hours in Zaria, Kaduna State.

“Even pregnant women and nursing mothers were not spared; some were burnt alive, others gunned down, and the victims buried in mass graves so as to do away with conclusive evidences of the war crimes.

“Sheikh Zakzaky, his wife Mallama Zeenah and many more of his followers are languishing in detention in spite of life-threatening injuries they had sustained. The brutal carnage left hundreds wounded, some of which are battling with effects of the wounds to date.

“Furthermore, the perpetuation of the persecution continues without any stops. The most recent of such wanton crimes are the October-2018 bloodbath during Arbaeen symbolic trek and July-2019 bloodletting in the free-Zakzaky protest, both in Abuja.

Zainab Zakariyya said what took place on December 12, 2015 had been clandestinely planned out to be sponsored through: “by Saudi Arabia. Buhari approved it, and the Army carried it out, and the Police are now putting finishing touches to it. The prime target for elimination and obliteration is Sheikh Zakzaky with the Islamic movement he pioneered, and is leading.

“They had planned to kill him on 12 December, 2015 before 12:00 mid-night. But, in the wake of the failure of December-2015 project, a directive has been given to the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, to continue with the massacre under the guise of the ex-parte proscription ruling made by a Federal High Court in Abuja.

“Nigerian Security personnel are capable of apprehending whoever commits an offence like Chibok Girls’ kidnapping but why the dilly-dallying? It is a clear indication that there is something fishy in the whole matter.

“However, Zaria-masscre has well exposed everything therein. By analogy, while the abductors hid their identity in Chibok, the urge to put a wrap to it was disregarded in Zaria; they came with their identity unconcealed. They killed and kidnapped innocent citizens during the massacre. The wind has blown, nay it is getting up and no date for its dropping.”

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