Supporters of Nigerian Shia leader who is illegally detained, ramp up campaigns all over the world, calling for his release.

Iran Press/Europe: Supporters of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky will  get together to protest against the oppression against Nigerian Shia leader after this Friday prayer, Iran Press reported.

Releasing a statement in support of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, the Management Centre of Islamic Seminary wrote: "Why should such a catastrophe be raised about Sheikh Ibrahim Zekzaki in which about one thousand people get killed and Sheikh's children become martyred and the Muslim world remains silent? The goals of the enemies of Islam are very dangerous and it's for all Muslims to be awake.

London to hold sit-in for the sheikh

Supporters of the illegally detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria are to start a three-day sit-in in London on Thursday as they ramp up the campaign for the beleaguered sheikh to receive urgently needed life-saving medical treatment.

The protest is being jointly organised by Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), Inminds and AIM and will take place outside the Nigerian High Commission in London, the UK starting at 9.30pm.

New, more detailed medical examinations on the beleaguered sheikh revealed this week that the levels of lead toxicity in his body are much higher than the critical levels previously reported and 45 times over the normal acceptable limit. They also revealed dangerous levels of cadmium poisoning in the sheikh.

Doctors concluded that Sheikh Zakzaky is at risk of death unless he is urgently treated. With the necessary treatment not being available in Nigeria, they have recommended that he be flown outside the country to a reputable medical centre.

Turkey Calls for the protection of Sheikh Zakzaky 

Also, a group of Muslims in Turkey called for supporting Sheikh Ibrahim Zakazaky asking people to rally on Saturday in front of a new mosque in Istanbul (Yeni Cami) in the Eminönü region.

At the end of the gathering, the participants will emphasize the need for the release of Sheikh Zakzaky.

The critical condition of the Sheikh

Fresh information coming out of Nigeria indicates that the sheikh has now also lost the use of one of his legs. The reports come as security forces once again opened fire with live ammunition and tear gas on pro-Zakzaky protestors marching in the capital Abuja today.

Since his detention supporters have sought to secure necessary medical help for the sheikh. However, Nigerian authorities have repeatedly refused requests for him to travel abroad. This is in spite of the fact that in January this year a judge presiding over the trial of Sheikh Zakzaky ordered that he should be allowed to receive medical treatment from doctors of his own choosing.

Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky has already lost sight in one eye and the use of one arm after receiving four gunshot injuries during the December 2015 massacre by the Nigerian military of over 1000 followers of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria. The lead toxicity is believed to be a direct result of the shrapnel from bullets left in his body.

In late 2016 a federal court ruled Sheikh Zakzaky’s detention and that of his wife Zeenah unlawful and unconstitutional and ordered the government to release them by January 16, 2017, and pay compensation. That order was never implemented and the charges were brought against the couple in 2018. In reality, the charges are designed to deflect government responsibility for the planned and systematic 2015 attack by soldiers which is now the subject of a preliminary investigation by the International Criminal Court. 203/208

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