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Police attack Shia march in Nigeria

19 October 2019 Nigerian police attacked the symbolic annual Arba’een march in Abuja on Friday.  Police used teargas and live rounds to disperse the followers of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky as soon as the march started. Despite the crackdown, people participated in the mourning procession, but many were arrested.  Supporters of Sheikh Zakzaky condemned the attack on their religious procession, saying …

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Nigeria’s Attorney-General Abubakar Malami embarrassed in BBC interview

28 September 2019 Nigeria’s attorney-general Abubakar Malami must have felt like a criminal in the dock as he was grilled yesterday by the BBC’s Peter Okwoche. Malami was once described by Second Republic politician Junaid Mohammed as a “joker” and a former “charge and bail lawyer” in Kano. It was no joke in this interview, with Malami showing he was …

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Nigerian govt presiding over an injustice pressure cooker – United Nations human rights expert

27 September 2019 Agnes Callamard, the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, has published her report following a visit to Nigeria. The report is reproduced below. Introduction I conducted an official country visit to Nigeria from 19 August to 3 September 2019. I warmly thank the Federal Government of Nigeria for their invitation to visit the …

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Banned Nigerian Shia group alleges police killed 12 marchers

10 September 2019 The group, Islamic Movement of Nigeria, was banned for being ‘terrorists’ in July after a series of deadly clashes. A Nigerian Shia group banned by the government said police killed 12 of members and wounded 10 others during marches in the north of country to mark the religious commemoration known as Ashoura. Spokesman Ibrahim Musa said the …

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Amnesty International calls on Nigeria to investigate the deaths of three Shia protesters in police custody

6 August 2019 Amnesty International issued a press statement yesterday on the deaths in police custody of three members of the Shia Islamic Movement of Nigeria Authorities must investigate deaths in police custody of three IMN protesters At least 3 injured detainees have died in police custody15 injured protestors, including minors, held incommunicado for weeksPolice raid government hospital and arrest …

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Human Rights Watch condemns Nigerian decision to ban Shia group

30 July 2019 A press release from Human Rights Watch on the banning of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) is reproduced below. Nigeria: Court Bans Shia Group Decision Tramples on Basic Rights of Religious Movement A Nigerian court ruled on July 26, 2019 that activities of the Shia Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) amount to “acts of terrorism and …

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Nigeria’s ban of Shiite Muslim group risks Boko Haram repeat

29 July 2019 A ban on a Shiite Muslim group came after a court in Abuja ruled the government could classify it as a “terrorist organization.” The ban raises fears the group could go underground, posing serious security challenges. Announcing a government ban on the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), presidential spokesman Garba Shehu accused the Shiite Muslim group of running …

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