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Free Sheikh Zakzaky of Nigeria

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December 15, 2015


FREE Sheikh Zakzaky & others in Nigeria.


The Nigerian army has been reported to have raided the residence of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ebrahim Zakzaky in Zaria, northern Nigeria and arrested him and killing several of those in his company.


During the attack the house of Sheikh Ebrahim Zakzaky and the sect's spiritual headquarters known as Husainiyah were later destroyed by the army.


The fate of Sheikh Ebrahim Zakzaky, his wife Zeenat and son Ali is not known. Conflicting reports mention that all three of them were seriously wounded during the raid whilst others mention that Zeenat and Ali were killed.


There are conflicting reports by both the army and the Islamic Movement of Nigeria as to what led to the incident.


In July 2014, members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria were on  a peaceful procession to mark the annual Quds day in Zaria when the army opened fire and more than 30 were shot dead including  three of Sheikh Zakzaky' sons.


The intimidation and killing of innocent, peaceful human beings is unacceptable and is indeed in violation of international human rights law. This ongoing oppression of individuals, must not be tolerated by the Nigerian Government .


We call upon the Nigerian Government, the United Nations and the International community to intervene and carry out investigation into these killings, and persecute the perpetrators of this heinous act.


In addition, we call upon the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately release Sheikh Ebrahim Zakzaky and others who have been held incommunicado and prevent further violence against them.  





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