Zaria ar­rest vi­o­lates agree­ment with FG – Darul Is­lam leader

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Yusha’u A. Ibrahim & Ibrahim Musa Giginyu, Kano

The Na­tional Leader of Darul Is­lam sect, Sheikh Basheer Ab­dul­lahi Su­laiman, has said the re­cent ar­rest of 10 mem­bers of the sect in Zaria was a vi­o­la­tion of the agree­ment en­tered be­tween the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and the sect seven years ago.

Speak­ing to Daily Trust in Kano yes­ter­day, Sheikh Ab­dul­lahi re­it­er­ated that the 10 people arrested by the po­lice in Dog­a­rawa, Sabon Gari Zaria were mem­bers of Darul Is­lam, not Boko Haram, as ac­claimed by the po­lice.

Ab­dul­lahi said that for the 16 years of the ex­is­tence of Darul Is­lam in Nige­ria, its mem­bers had no record of vi­o­lence any­where in the world, and that since the sack­ing of Darul Is­lam vil­lage in Niger state in 2009, the sect had main­tained its side of the agree­ment by en­cour­ag­ing its mem­bers to main­tain peace.

He said, “When I got the in­for­ma­tion that eight of our mem­bers were arrested in Zaria, though I was not con­tacted by the se­cu­rity agents, as a leader, I sent some­one to ver­ify what their of­fences were. To my ut­most sur­prise, the per­son I sent was de­tained and I sent an­other one only for us to read in the pa­pers that 10 Boko Haram sus­pects had been arrested in Zaria.”

He urged the Nige­rian au­thor­i­ties to treat his people with eq­uity and jus­tice, and ap­pealed to the au­thor­i­ties to de­sist from tak­ing ac­tions based on spec­u­la­tions, stress­ing, “We are peace lov­ing people. We plead for our mem­ber’s re­lease as they have noth­ing to do with what the au­thor­i­ties thought they were.”

The po­lice au­thor­i­ties in Kaduna state had last week an­nounced the ar­rest of 10 sus­pected mem­bers of Boko Haram sect in Dog­a­rawa Sabon Gari, Zaria Lo­cal gov­ern­ment area of the state.

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