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News code: 28009
Published Date: Sunday 4 August 2019 - 14:39:44

IMN stands to Nigerian government in court; activist

IMN stands to Nigerian government in court; activist
IRAN  - Sheikh Abdullah Ahmed Zango, Nigerian activist, criticized the silence of world communities on Sheikh Zakzaki's detention, saying the international body ignores "the crimes against Islamic Movement of Nigeria because they are Shia."

Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), a Shi'ite Muslim group, have repeatedly led protests in Abuja, Nigeria's capital, for the release of their leader, Ibrahim El Zakzaky who remains imprisoned since 2015 despite court orders for his release.

Speaking to HCHR website, Zango stressed that Sheikh Zakzaki must be freed according to the court but the Nigerian "dictators who are financed by Israel, US and Saudi Arabia" refuse to do so.

He slammed the Nigerian government for declaring IMN a "terrorist organization", adding that "we have always held peaceful protest, we have never took guns and we are just asking for our basic human rights of freedom of expression and the right to live. We are determined to appeal against this label in court."

"The Shia people keep protesting until Sheikh Zakzaky's is freed, we will resist oppression and we blive the victory is ours."

Sheikh Zakzaky has been held in detention since December 2015 when the army opened fired on his followers at his compound and a nearby mosque and burial ground in northern Kaduna state, killing hundreds of people.

With IMN vowing more protests and security forces unlikely to change tactics, there are fears this may degenerate into another cycle of violence. IMN said tens of its members were killed during recent series of protests. However, the government refuses to release official data.



News Code: 28009
Published Date: Sunday 4 August 2019 - 14:39:44
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