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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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Nigerian police use live ammunition against peaceful demonstrators

13 November 2019 Nigerian media is reporting that on November 12, the Nigerian police fired live bullets to disperse those protesting the continued imprisonment of Nigerian journalist Omeyele Sowore. The media describes the protestors as conducting a “sit-in” at the offices of the Department of State Services (DSS), though it is not clear whether the protestors were inside or outside the compound. …

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Victims of Zaria massacre still wait for justice

7 November 2019 Musa Mahmud has finally been discharged after spending four years seeking medical treatment for injuries sustained during the December 2015 Zaria Massacre. He can now walk with a limp, but sits down with a lot of difficulty because he cannot bend his two legs. Medical doctors in Nigeria and Iran have worked hard to save his two …

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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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