Thousands of protesters in a peaceful protest called for the release of Islamic Movement in Nigeria’s (IMN) leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky.

Iran Press/Africa: Thousands of protesters took to streets in Northwestern Nigerian town of Kano, Suleja and Abuja in a peaceful weekly protest call for the release of Islamic Movement in Nigeria’s (IMN) leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky.

According to Iran Press report, activists in Nigeria have uploaded a video on YouTube that shows a large group of people staging massive rallies in Kano, major streets to express their anger over long-time detention of the Islamic leader by the Nigerian government and asking for his release after years of detention.

The leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) and his wife have been in prison since 13 December 2015, when the Nigerian Army attacked a Husseiniyeh in the town of Zaria in northern Nigeria, killing hundreds of members of the IMN, including three of Sheikh Zakzaky's sons.

 The Nigerian Army also attacked Sheikh Zakzaky's home on that day, arresting the Sheikh and his wife who have been in prison in in known place ever since.

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In December 2016, Nigeria's Supreme court ruled that Sheikh Zakzaky should be released immediately, because there is no justification for his arrest, and ordered 150000 dollars to be paid to Sheikh Zakzaky and his family. The Nigerian Army has refused to obey the Supreme court ruling, and Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife remain behind bars to this day.

In a separate occasion, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) raised fresh concerns over the “deteriorating health” of their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife. Briefing the media, Abdullahi Muhammad Musa, on behalf of the Academic Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, called on the Nigerian government to obey an order of a Federal High Court in Abuja in December, 2016 to set Zakzaky free.

He also cited a medical report by the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) on April 29, which stressed the need to let Zakzaky undergo medical treatment abroad. The IMN said it has submitted the medical report to the Kaduna High Court, Department of State Services, National Human Rights Commission, National Assembly, United Nations and the European Union for action.


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