Our attention has been called upon a press release by the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Yusuf Mariam that the FCT Police Command successfully restored calm at Berger Roundabout after it had professionally dispersed a violent protest on Friday, 7th May, 2021 and during the operation ASP Adama was stabbed to death by the protesters.
With respect to the alleged killing, we wish to categorically disassociate Free Zakzaky protesters and the Islamic movement under the leadership of his Eminence Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H) from the killing of ASP Ezekeil Adama. We are not party and also not responsible for what happened to ASP Ezekiel Adama around 3pm at Berger Junction.
The residents of Wuse District, Abuja are living witness that on Friday 7 May, 2021 we started our Free Palestine and Free Zakzaky protest from Fu’ad Lababidi Jumu’at Mosque by Customs’ Office, Wuse Zone 3 around 1:40pm and follow through Wuse Zone 3 Junction and finally ended the protest on Kashim Ibrahim Way in front of Wuse Market. Similarly, people at Wuse Market are witness that we ended our protest in 30 minutes without having any contact with the Police Patrol Team dispatched by the FCT Police Command to stop the protest.
In the mosque, where we started the protest, there are numerous top government officials including a serving Governor, with their security details and we neither harass nor attack anybody. While protesting, we pass across Wuse Zone 3, Police Station and Police officers, we neither attack nor harass anybody. We finally finished the protest and disperse without having problem with anyone. After the protest, the Police arrested a Toyota Coaster Bus with more than 60 people including women and children, protesters and Abuja residents. After the arrest, the Police assemble them in Eagle Square and tortured them. Up to this moment, numerous people tortured by the Police are unconscious. A lot of Civil Servant working at the Federal Secretariate shared pictures and vedio clip on how the Police tortured those arrested inhumanly.
Our findings revealed that the Police Patrol Team had encounter with some youth at Berger Junction. Information reaching us also revealed that a day before the protest, security agents in Abuja circulated a text and email titled ISLAMIC MOVEMENT OF NIGERIA PROTEST and people were informed that “in view of the prevailing issues of insecurity that is ravaging the country and the possibility of criminal elements hijacking the scheduled protest to cause mayhem, all staff especially within the FCT Abuja are advised to be cautious.” With this vital intelligent report, Police shall be expected to arrest those criminal elements and protect the protesters and the protest.
We want to use this medium to extend our condolence to the Family of ASP Ezekiel Adama and Nigerian Police on the passing of ASP Ezekiel Adama. We pray to Allah to expose and punish all those that have hand in this inhuman act.
While condemning the killing of ASP Ezekiel Adama, we wish to reiterate our demand for unconditional and immediate release of Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenah Ibraahim.
Abdullahi Muhammad Musa
For the Academic Forum of the Islamic movement
10th May, 2021