URGENT PRESS RELEASE – NIGERIA: Concern of armed police build up outside Kano


Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria have begun an annual peaceful march known as the Arbaeen Trek as a symbol of religious solidarity from Kano today. The police build up has been reported to be on the outskirts of the city.

There have been attacks on the march in previous years by armed police as well as gangs thoughts to be allowed to conduct their violence with impunity by the authorities.

Massoud Shadjareh, chair of IHRC said:

“We are deeply concerned at reports of this build-up. Given the past attacks on the Islamic Movement by the police and armed forces. We demand the Nigeria police and authorities deescalate the situation immediately.”

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Notes to editors:

In March 2016 IHRC petitioned the International Criminal Court to to open a preliminary inquiry into the December 2015 massacre of IMN members.

Our report which we submitted to the ICC can be found here.[Ends]