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Nigeria urged to release religious leader amid virus outbreak

12 April 2020 The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has urged the country’s authorities to release its already severely ailing leader Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky given the risks he faces from continued imprisonment amid the outbreak of the new coronavirus. The IMN made the plea in a statement addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari and the local officials in the north-central Kaduna …

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Nigeria deploys security forces to enforce social distancing

31 March 2020 Law enforcement response to COVID-19 should respect human rights Nigeria has deployed soldiers and police officers to enforce social distancing as part of efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19. This came after the Inspector General of Police directed police to strictly enforce all legitimate orders made to contain the spread of the coronavirus, while urging citizens to voluntarily comply. …

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Teenage boy killed as Nigerian forces open fire on Sheikh Zakzaky supporters

28 February 2020 A teenage boy has been killed after Nigerian police used live ammunition to disperse protesters demanding the release of jailed Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky in the country’s northwestern state of Kaduna. The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), in a post published on its official Twitter page on Thursday, announced that dozens of people staged a rally in the state …

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Nigerian court acquits IMN members

23 February 2020 One hundred members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria were set free because the prosecution did not present any evidence to prove that the defendants were guilty of the offences. They were standing trial on a five count charge including culpable homicide, an offence carrying the death penalty. The prosecution said it does not agree with the …

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Zakzaky, wife in critical health condition – Lawyer

6 February 2020 Nigeria’s Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky and his wife are in critical health condition, their lawyer has said after their trial was postponed due to their deteriorating health. According to a report by the London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission, Femi Falana said on Thursday that his clients – jailed Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife Mallimah Zinat – could not appear …

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Nigerian forces kill Zakzaky supporter in Abuja

22 January 2020 Nigerian forces have killed one individual in an attack on protesters demanding the release of jailed Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky in the capital, Abuja. The incident took place on Tuesday as security forces fired live ammunition and teargas to disperse the supporters and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), led by Sheikh Zakzaky, in …

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Nigerian police open fire on protesters demanding Zakzaky’s release

17 January 2020 Police in the Nigerian capital Abuja have opened fire on demonstrators they demanding the release of top Muslim cleric Sheik Ibrahim Zakzaky. The Islamic Movement in Nigeria says five people were injured in the attack. The Tuesday demonstration was also held to condemn a recent statement by the Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, who has said Sheikh …

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Iran pursuing case of Nigerian cleric’s health via diplomatic channels

8 December 2019 Iran constantly pursues the case of Nigeria’s top Shia cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky through diplomatic contacts with the Nigerian government in line with efforts to help improve his health, says the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman. Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Sunday, Abbas Mousavi said Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Iranian Vice President for Economic Affairs Mohammad …

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Nigeria transfers Zakzaky’s wife to ‘dilapidated’ jail

12 December 2019 Nigerian authorities transfer top Shia cleric, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, and his wife to a dilapidated prison, where many detainees have so far died due to lack of medical attention. A High Court ordered the Department of State Services on Thursday to transfer the cleric and his wife, Zinat, to the Correctional Center in Kaduna state, northwest of the country. …

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One killed as Nigerian forces open fire on Sheikh Zakzaky supporters

17 November 2019 At least one person has been killed and several others injured after Nigerian police used live ammunition to break up a religious gathering by supporters of senior cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky. The casualties were caused after police started shooting at dozens of supporters of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), who took part in a religious procession to celebrate the birth anniversary of Prophet …

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