Sheikh Zakzaky expected to be freed from jail
The World is
watching what is going on in Nigeria when it comes to paying attention to the basic
rights of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky,
who has been behind bars since 2015.
Another session is going to be held at the Kaduna State High Court on March 31, 2021 and human rights activists are waiting for the freedom of Sheikh Zakzaky from prison.
The hearings of a case against the top Nigerian religious leader and his wife Mallimah Zeenah have been adjourned several times in a bid to keep them in prison.
IHRC is deeply concerned for the health of both Sheikh, whose health continues to deteriorate, and his wife, who was once tested positive for COVID-19.
Five years have passed since hundreds of Muslims were killed in a massacre in the Nigerian city of Zaria. The incident took place when the Nigerian army stormed a religious ceremony, organized by Nigeria's Islamic Movement, which represents the Shia Muslim minority in the country.
In the massacre, which took place in Kaduna State in 2015, at least 348 civilians were killed and 347 bodies were secretly buried, according to official tally. The real death toll is said to be much higher.
Sheikh Zakzaky, who is in his mid-sixties, and his wife, sustained serious injuries during the raid and was detained. The attack also left three of his sons dead.
Followers of Sheikh Zakzaky marked the anniversaries of the massacre with a huge protest in Abuja. The protesters demanded the immediate and unconditional release of Sheikh and his wife Malama Zeenah, who are in unlawful detention.
Observers say Nigeria’s government seeks to gradually kill him in prison by preventing him from receiving medical care and treatment for his past injuries.
Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife were allegedly tried and imprisoned for their alleged involvement in violence that resulted in the death of a member of the security forces during the 2015 massacre.
The couple remain in custody in Kaduna state prison in parlous health despite an earlier court ruling ordering their release.