Hundreds of Zakzaky supporters rally in Nigerian capital to demand his release
A rally was held in the Nigerian capital of Abuja to call for the release of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzay and his wife.
Hundreds of Zakzaky’s supporters took part in the rally held on Friday at the city’s Garki neighborhood.
They expressed outrage at the continued detention of the two and demanded their immediate and unconditional release.
Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife Mallima Zeenah have been detained and are being tried for culpable homicide for allegedly being responsible for ordering violence that resulted in the deaths of a member of the security forces during a massacre by armed forces of supporters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) in Zaria in December 2015.
However, despite the fact that over a thousand innocent supporters of the IMN were massacred in the attack, not a single official has been charged or brought to trial over the killings.
The massacre is currently the subject of a preliminary investigation by the International Criminal Court.
In 2016, Nigeria’s federal high court ordered Zakzaky’s unconditional release from jail following a trial, but the government has so far refused to set him free.