From: Islamic Human Rights Commission
5 February 2018
PRESS RELEASE – NIGERIA: Sheikh Qaseem Umar killed by Nigeria Police
The Sheikh was shot by Nigerian Police while peacefully protesting against the illegal detention of Shaykh Zakzaky – the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria. Sheikh Qaseem was a learned teacher and an integral contributor to the IMN.
IHRC demands justice for his death as well as for all those who have suffered in the wake of the massacre in Zaria in 2015.
Shaykh Zakzaky and his wife Zeenah have been held by state security services since December 2015 along with other members and supporters of the movement following their arrest during a savage military assault against the movement in December 2015. Both were shot during the attack in Zaria in which at least 1000 supporters, including three sons of the couple, were killed and many properties and religious spaces belonging to the movement and its followers destroyed.
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