Another photo, depicting a battered leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky has surfaced on Wednesday, on social media.
In the new photo, El-Zakzaky is wounded and bandaged while being moved in a wheelbarrow, and while no other face appears in the photos, boots of Nigerian troops can be seen.
The picture is believed to have been taken on Saturday, December 12, when the Nigerian Army and the El-Zakzaky led Shiite Muslims clashed in Zaria, resulting in the deaths of many members of the sect.
Meanwhile, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright has reacted to what has now been tagged ‘Shiite Killings’ as well as the ensuing protests.
Arkwright advised both parties- the Army and Shiites- to act within the law in their activities, while expressing concern at the turn of events.
“Like many across Nigeria, I am following with concern the reports of violence in Zaria over the weekend between the Nigerian security forces and the Islamic Movement of Nigeria.”
“I am further concerned at reports that protests in Kaduna have turned violent.
Nigeria’s religious and ethnic diversity adds a great deal to this country’s rich culture. It is important, therefore, that Nigerians of all faiths are allowed to assemble and worship freely.”
“In addition, I call on the security forces to conduct their operations within the rule of law, and for demonstrators to ensure any protests are peaceful and equally act within the law.”