The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) has denied assaulting natives of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) adding that supporters of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky conduct themselves in a civil manner. “We wish to inform the general public that concerned Abuja natives and indigenes have investigated the accusation and found it to be baseless,” it said
The group in a statement signed by Ayedo Danjuma Abdul for the Concerned Abuja Natives and Indigenes said both the suspect and the assaulted were unidentified and thus unknown, and the hospital where the latter was said to be receiving medication was undisclosed.
He said there were Abuja natives and indigenes among Sheikh Zakzaky’s followers, and the activities of the Islamic movement under the leadership of the Sheikh had been in existence in the FCT for more than two decades and are still going on in a civil manner. “Mere media propaganda and barefaced lies cannot uproot the legacy built in relating with natives and residents of Abuja, Muslims and Christians, peacefully,” he said. “
The concerned Abuja natives and indigenes wish to confirm that Sheikh Zakzaky’s followers are contributing immensely in the peaceful coexistence of local communities in Abuja and its economic development as well. “This unfounded accusation is just an attempt to break the yoke of the amiable fraternity between Abuja natives and indigenes,” he said.