ALERT – Nigeria: Demand the immediate release of Sheikh El-Zakzaky & Mallima Zeenah

This morning (5 December 2019) a Kaduna High Court Judge has ordered that Sheikh and Mallima be moved from their place of detention to Kaduna Central Prison. Not only is their continued detention in any for illegal and immoral, both are in very poor health and any such move could worsen their situation even further, possibly with catastrophic consequences. Find full details of the FreeZakzaky campaign here.

Background

Requested Action

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Background

This morning (5 December 2019) a Kaduna High Court Judge has ordered that Sheikh and Mallima be moved from their place of detention to Kaduna Central Prison. Not only is their continued detention in any for illegal and immoral, both are in very poor health and any such move could worsen their situation even further, possibly with catastrophic consequences.

The FreeZakzaky campaign demands the immediate release of Sheikh and Mallima and all those detained after the Zaria Massacre of 2015.

Requested Action

Please contact the Embassy / High Commission of Nigeria in your country.  A model email / letter is also provided should you wish to use it and emails for key countries.  Please keep all correspondence polite.

Model Email

Subject:  Urgent – Potential transfer of Sheikh El-Zakaky and Mallimah Zeenah to prison. Demand for their immediate release

Dear [insert the name of  Ambassador / High Commissioner],

Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife Mallimah Zeenah continue to be detained on false pretences.  I remain deeply concerned about their safety and security.  The latest news that they will be transferred to Kaduna Central Prison, if true, is appalling.

Their detention has already been found to be illegal.  It is clearly immoral.  The actions being taken in this matter are bringing Nigeria into further disrepute internationally.

I demand the Nigerian authorities end this episode with the immediate and unconditional release of both the Sheikh and Mallima.  I am also deeply concerned that hundreds of people have been similarly detained since the Zaria massacre in 2015, and many others have been arrested and detained for taking part in protests.  These arrests and detentions appear to be persecution and I further demand all those detained are also release.

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 on the website page of this alert here.  Please contact us info@ihrc.org if you have trouble finding the details of your country.

UK: George Adesola Oguntade, information@nigeriahc.org.uk 
 
Malaysia: Yahaya Danjuma Faruk, Chargé d’Affaires, info@nigeria.org.my/ nigeriankl@yahoo.com
 
Turkey: Mr Ahmed Abdulhamid, Ambassador, embassynigeriaturkey@gmail.com
 
Iran: Mr Hamzat Ibrahim, ngrembtehran@yahoo.com/ info@nigeriaembassyiran.com
 
India: Sola Enikanolaye, nhcnder@vsnl.com/ office@nigeriahcindia.com
 
Sweden: Mrs Jane Ada Ndem, Chargé d’Affaires a.i.info@nigerianembassy.nu