Nigeria Digest #108

Islamic Human Rights Commission
Nigeria Digest 16 February 2020 (Volume 3 Issue 40)

The autopsy report of slain journalist Alex Ogbu proves police lied. The report confirms the victim was killed by a bullet. He was shot in the head by a policeman while covering a #FreeZakzaky protest.

You can find all the latest actions and information, as well as background to the campaign, information, videos, audio, and details on the Sheikh on the Free Zakzaky campaign page. The Nigeria Digest is a weekly summary of the campaign to #FreeZakzaky and all who are illegally detained, focusing on the Islamic Movement of Nigeria.

Introduction
Action Alert
Articles
Videos
Archive


INTRODUCTION
The autopsy report of slain journalist Alex Ogbu proves police lied. The National Hospital Abuja’s report confirms the victim was killed by a bullet. He was shot in the head by a policeman while covering a #FreeZakzaky protest in Nigeria on January 21, 2020.

Please help support those injured by police brutality, and the families of those killed by the security services, by donating to the IHRC Trust Nigeria Fund here.

Above all, please remember all the oppressed in your dua.

#FreeZakzaky!

ACTION ALERT: 

We request all campaigners to write a letter to the Embassy / High Commission of Nigeria in your country.  A model email / letter is also provided should you wish to use it, along with email addresses for key countries.  Please keep all correspondence polite.

Model Email

Subject:  Urgent – Release Sheikh Zakzaky and Muallima Zeenah immediately

Dear [Insert Ambassador/High Commisioner’s name],

I am writing to inform you about the continued illegal detention of Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and Mallima Zeenah. It has been four years now that the Sheikh and his wife have been kept in illegal detention..

Their continued detention cannot be justified by any means and should this lead to their deaths, the Nigerian authorities will be held responsible for this complete travesty.

I demand the Nigerian authorities end this episode with the immediate and unconditional release of both the Sheikh and Muallima. I await your urgent confirmation that they will be released immediately.

Yours sincerely,

[Your name]

Email addresses of recipients

Click on following link to find the name, address and contact details of the relevant diplomat in your country:
https://www.embassypages.com/nigeria

Selected names and email addresses of Ambassadors / High Commissioners can be found below.  Please contact us info@ihrc.org if you have trouble finding the details of your country.

UK:  Mr Olukunle A. Bamgbose, Acting High Commisioner, information@nigeriahc.org.uk, chancery@nigeriahc.org

France: Mr Hakeem O. Sulaiman , Ambassador, embassy@nigeriafrance.com
 
Malaysia: Nurudeen Muhammed , Chargé d’Affaires, info@nigeria.org.my / nigeriankl@yahoo.com

Turkey: Mr Ahmed Abdulhamid, Ambassador,  embassynigeriaturkey@gmail.com
 
Iran: Mr Hamzat Ibrahim, Ambassador, ngrembtehran@yahoo.com / info@nigeriaembassyiran.com
 
India: Mr Sola Enikanolaye , High Commisioner, nigeria.new-delhi@foreignaffairs.gov.ng
nhcnder@vsnl.in 
 
Sweden: Mrs Jane Ada Ndem, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. info@nigerianembassy.nu

ARTICLES AND RESOURCES

#FreeZakzaky Protest in Abuja On Friday
14 February 2020
Daily #FreeZakzaky protest staged in commemoration of the birthday (Maulud) of Fatima al-Zahra, daughter of Prophet (S). From Wuse Market to Berger, FCT Abuja.

#FreeZakzaky Protest in Abuja Nigeria
13 February 2020
Daily #FreeZakzaky protest staged at Banex Plaza, Wuse II FCT Abuja. Demanding for immediate and unconditional release of Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife Malama Zeenah.

#FreeZakzaky Protest in Nigerian Capital Abuja
11 February 2020
Daily #FreeZakzaky protest held at Garki Area 1 of FCT, Abuja; demanding for immediate and unconditional release of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H) and his wife Malama Zeenah.

#FreeZakzaky Protest in Abuja Nigeria
10 February 2020
Daily #FreeZakzaky protest staged by followers of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, from Aminu Kano Crescent to Wuse Market; FCT Abuja. Demanding for immediate and unconditional release of the Sheikh.

Autopsy Report Of Slain Journalist, Alex Ogbu, Proves Police Lied, Confirms Victim Was Killed By Bullet
08 February 2020

The autopsy report conducted on the remains of slain journalist, Alex Ogbu, has shown that he was killed by a bullet, contrary to claims by police authorities that the victim died after hitting his head on a stone. 

The autopsy report obtained by SaharaReporters on Saturday, was conducted at the National Hospital, Abuja. The document indicated  ‘brain evisceration’ as direct cause of his death. Brain evisceration is an injury to the skull caused by a high-velocity bullet. SaharaReporters had reported that Ogbu was shot in the head by a policeman while covering a protest by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria on January 21, 2020.

In an attempt to cover up the incident, policemen, who took the victim’s body to the mortuary, told attendants there that Ogbu was an accident victim. Click here to read the full report.

VIDEOS

Nigeria: The Zaria Massacres and the Role of the Military
Published on 19 October 2014
Click on the following link to watch the IHRC Side Panel at UN Human Rights Council, 18 September 2014

An Appeal for Victims of Violence in Nigeria
Published on 27 May 2019
The Nigerian authorities have attacked the Islamic Movement of Nigeria leaving dozens dead. They need your help now. Support medical costs for those injured in police and army violence against the Islamic Movement. Support the families of those killed.

ARCHIVE

CLICK HERE to Watch the story of the Al Quds Day in July 2014, when over 40 peaceful demonstrators were killed and many injured by Nigerian Army

CLICK HERE to read The Historic Reflection on Quds Day Massacre 2014

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