Zakzaky supporter killed by Nigerian forces in Abuja

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.

Iran Press/Africa: 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 the capital city.

A witness told The Cable, a Nigerian online newspaper, that the protesters pelted the police officers with stones as they tried to disperse them, and then Army officers started to fire tear gas and shoot bullets into the air.

“The police shot into the air. It was that bullet that hit the man on the head. Immediately after the first shot was fired, they all dispersed,” the witness said.

Chanting slogans against the government of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, the protesters held portraits of Zakzaky as well as banners condemning the cleric’s imprisonment.

Zakzaky, who is in his mid-60s, has been in detention since December 2015 after his residence in the city of Zaria was raided by the Nigerian Army, during which he was beaten and lost vision in his left eye.

During the brutal arrest, three of his sons were also killed, his wife sustained serious wounds, and more than 300 of his followers were killed.


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