Alert: Demand the immediate release of Sheikh Zakzaky and Mualima Zeenah – Update


Action required

Model email

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On 6th February Sheikh Zakzaky and Mualima Zeenah had a court hearing in the Kaduna State Court. The case has been adjourned to 24 and 25 February, however the Sheikh and Mualimah have been granted access to their doctors.

It has been four years now that the Sheikh and his wife have remained in illegal detention. The federal high court of Nigeria which is the highest court in Nigeria has ordered his release stating that his detention is unconstitutional and compensation must be paid. Their continued detention is both illegal and immoral.

Granting access to their doctors is not enough, we demand the Nigerian authorities release both the Sheikh and his wife immediately and pay the compensations.

The FreeZakzaky campaign demands the immediate release of Sheikh and Mallima and all those detained after the Zaria Massacre of 2015. For more information and further action alerts visit the campaign page.

Action required

IHRC requests 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 and emails 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]

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Click on following link to find the name, address and contact details of the relevant diplomat in your country:

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

UK:  Mr Olukunle A. Bamgbose, Acting High Commisioner,,

France: Mr Hakeem O. Sulaiman , Ambassador,
Malaysia: Nurudeen Muhammed , Chargé d’Affaires,
Turkey: Mr Ahmed Abdulhamid, Ambassador,
Iran: Mr Hamzat Ibrahim, Ambassador,
India: Mr Sola Enikanolaye , High Commisioner, 
Sweden: Mrs Jane Ada Ndem, Chargé d’Affaires