Nigeria Digest #124

From: Islamic Human Rights Commission
04 July 2020

Nigeria Digest #124 (Volume 3 issue 56) – Take Action and write to the Commonwealth

High Court ordered compensation against Nigerian Police over killing innocent #FreeZakzaky protesters.

You can find all the latest actions and information, as well as background to the campaign and information, videos and audio and details on the Sheikh on the Free Zakzaky campaign page.

Action Alert

We are asking campaigners to write to Commonwealth and demand immediate release of Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife. During this week, Federal High Court in Nigeria awarded compensation to the families of four men gunned down by police in Abuja last year as they protested the continued detention of Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky and his wife. Please find details of how to campaign below. 

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 prayers

Action Alert 
Please send an email to the Commonwealth and demand its intervention in this case. A model email and contact details of the Commonwealth are provided below. Please forward any responses you receive to IHRC at

Model email
If you are emailing, please use the following in the subject line:
Outrage over denial of amnesty for Zakzaky’s amid COVID-19 crisis

Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC
Commonwealth Secretariat
Marlborough House
Pall Mall

Re: Commonwealth’s Failure To Save Innocent Lives amid Covid-19 crisis
Dear Baroness Scotland QC,

I am shocked to find out that the Nigerian President’s amnesty on the 9th of April, 2020 to 2500 prisoners did not include Sheikh El-Zakzaky, his wife Muallima Zeenah and indeed other political prisoners.
Sheikh El-Zakzaky and Muallima Zeenah continue to be held in illegal detention despite a 2016 Federal High Court ruling that their detention was unlawful and unconstitutional. I am writing to you to urge the Nigerian government to release Sheikh Ibraheem el-Zakzaky and Muallima Zeenah immediately. Their continued illegal detention in Kaduna State Prison poses a high risk to their health especially during the current COVID-19 outbreak.
This is a policy that needs to be implemented quickly in Nigeria, not just for the Sheikh and his wife who both suffer from underlying health conditions, but for all political prisoners wherever possible in the interests of justice but also for the sake of peace and cohesion in Nigerian society as a whole.

[Your name]

Commonwealth’s Contact Details:
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7747 6500
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7930 0827


Find all the articles selected this week on our website.  Here are a selected few.

Help those in need through your Qurbani donations
01 July 2020
Once again IHRC is collecting donations from those Muslims intending to perform their Udhiyya or Qurbani in places where the less fortunate can avail themselves of its sustenance and blessings.
This year will see a focus on Nigeria, as well as the Uighur and Rohingya refugees who have been forced to flee their homelands to find sanctuary in Turkey and Bangladesh/Malaysia respectively.

IHRC welcomes compensation order against Nigerian police over killings
29 June 2020 – IHRC Press Release

IHRC welcomes today’s decision by the Federal High Court in Nigeria to award compensation to the families of four men gunned down by police in Abuja last year as they protested the continued detention of a detained political leader.

Suleiman Shehu, Mahdi Musa, Bilyaminu Abubakar Faska and Askari Hassan were killed by security forces on July 22, 2019 while they marched in the capital to demand the freedom of the head of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky and his wife. Click here for details.

#FreeZakzaky Protest in Abuja Nigeria
30 June 2020
Unrelenting followers of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky staged #FreeZakzaky protest at Banex Plaza area of Wuse II, FCT Abuja. Demanding for the immediate release of the Sheikh and his wife.


Find more videos from recent weeks as well as the archives on the Free Zakzaky audio and video page.

Find a selection below.


Click Here to read the Nigeria Report: The Zaria Massacres And The Role Of The Military. Published October 2014 / Islamic Human Rights Commission

Click Here to read The IHRC’s UPR Report on Nigeria. Prepared and Submitted in 27 March 2018 by the Islamic Human Rights Commission (UK)

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