El-Zakzaky’s supporters march to the Human Rights Commission, demand his release

The members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) today in Abuja staged a protest march at the Human Rights Commission (HRC) to demand the immediate release of their leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, according to Sahara Reporters.

The Shi’ite leader has been held in custody since December 2015, when his followers clashed with the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, in Zaria.

A lecturer of Criminology at Bayero University, Memuna Useni, who spoke on behalf of the group, expressed concern, saying the government has continued to disobey the rule of law, despite the court order by Justice Gabriel Kolawole – who ordered the immediate and unconditional release of El-Zakzaky from detention.

She accused some people in the government who are abusing their power and supporting the violation of fundamental human rights.

“On this basis, the sister’s forum hereby calls on the Human Rights Commission in Nigeria and worldwide to actively facilitate the immediate release of Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky,” Dr Useni said.  “He is an icon of justice and we will continue to be a role model to all those human beings who believe in human justice, morality and inter religious tolerance.”

The group also appealed to Nigerians and the international community to prevail on the Federal Government to release unconditionally and without delay, the IMN leader and his wife, as well as other members of the group in custody.

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