Nigeria Digest # 131

From: Islamic Human Rights Commission
24 September 2020

Nigeria Digest #131 (Volume 4 issue 2) – Take Action and write to the African Union

Armed Police unlawfully detained three wounded people who were among, Ashura procession causalities.

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

Action Alert

We are urging campaigners to write to the African Union. #FreeZakzaky protests continued in the Nigerian capital Abuja. During this week, in the most recent incident, Kaduna armed Police unlawfully detained three people who were under treatment. The detainees were among the casualties of the last month’s Ashura procession. Their whereabouts are yet unknown. 

Please help to support the urgent medical costs of those injured, and the families of those affected by the ongoing violence, by donating to the IHRC Trust Nigeria Fund here

Above all, please remember all the oppressed in your prayers

Action Alert 

Click here to send an email to the African Union and demand its intervention in this case. A model email and contact details of the African Union 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

H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat
Chair African Union Commission 
PO Box 3243 Roosevelt Street (Old Airport Area) W21K19,
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Re: African Union’s Failure To Save Innocent Lives amid COVID-19

Dear H.E. Mousa Faki Mahamat,
I am shocked to find out that the Nigerian President’s amnesty on 9 April to 2500 prisoners did not include Sheikh El-Zakzaky and Muallima Zeenah, and indeed other political prisoners. The Sheikh and his wife are both aged over 60 and are suffering from severe health conditions. Last week, an academic forum of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria raised concerns about the further deteriorating health condition of Sheikh Zakaky and his wife, based on the new information.

Sheikh El-Zakzaky and Muallima Zeenah continue to be held in illegal detention despite a 2016 Federal High Court ruling that their detention is unlawful and unconstitutional. I urge your government to release Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, his wife Muallima Zeenah and other political prisoners immediately. Their continued illegal detention in Kaduna State prison poses a high risk to their health, especially in the current COVID19 outbreak.

This is a policy that needs to be implemented quickly in Nigeria not just for the Sheikh and his wife, who both have underlying health conditions, but for all political prisoners wherever possible for the sake of justice and also the sake of Nigerian society as a whole.
[Your name]

African Union’s Contact Details:
Postal Address: PO Box 3243 Roosevelt Street (Old Airport Area) W21K19 Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel: +251 11 551 7844

Note: Due to the COVID19 outbreak, we do not advise sending letters by post


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

Police stormed and whisked away casualties of Ashura attack
22 September 2020
On Saturday evening the 19/9/2020 Police men acting upon in Kaduna have all of a sudden stormed the residence where casualties of Kaduna Ashura attack are receiving medical treatment. An eye witness informed one of our correspondents that, they suddenly witnessed the appearance of Police where the casualties are receiving medical care from the fatal wounds of Police gun shot.

#FreeZakzaky Protests continued Abuja, Nigeria
22 September 2020
#FreeZakzaky protests continued in Nigeria. On 22 Sep followers of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky staged protest demanding for the immediate and unconditional release of the Sheikh and his wife Malama Zeenah. At Banex area of Wuse II.

Civil Societies Organizations Petition Producer Of ‘Fatal Arrogance’ Film
16 September 2020
A Civil Society Organization, Initiative for Coalition and Right Protection has petition the producer of film tittles: “Fatal Arrogance” Kingsley Orji Anosike to stop the production of the film. The film Fatal Arrogance is a mega project by some elements to discredit the Islamic Movement and its leadership. One is left with no doubt that the intention of the script written was to ridicule the Movement and to tag the group a terrorist organisation. 


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


CLICK HEREto read Arzu Merali’s blog “The Unbearable Shianess of Mu’allim Ibraheem El-Zakzaky” published on 21 December 2017.

CLICK HERE to read the Statement from Nusaibah El Zakzaky: We are not the Shia Movement of Nigeria; we are the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, published on 21 December 2015

Follow the IHRC #FreeZakzaky campaign for all the latest action alerts, press releases, reports, background, videos and more.

The Nigeria Digest is a weekly summary of the campaign to free all who are illegally detained focusing on the Islamic Movement of Nigeria. The opinions expressed in the digest do not necessarily reflect the views of IHRC.