PRESS RELEASE: NIGERIA – Concern as mourners in Zaria injured and arrested

IHRC is concerned that once again Nigerian authorities have chosen to target those members of the Islamic Movement choosing to peacefully commemorate the day of Ahsura with mourning processions and ceremonies.

Whilst such gathering by other groups face no such ire in Nigeria, every year those events associated with members of the Islamic Movement are often harassed and on occasion attacked with live ammunition resulting in fatalities.  It is noted that thus far this year the attempt to forcibly disperse the Zaria procession (one of over 300 across the country) has resulted in some injuries and two arrests.  Those arrested have bene named as Ibraheem Habib and Suleiman Taninu. 

IHRC demands the Nigerian authorities to release them and ensure that the rest of the processions and events are allowed to proceed without harassment.

Chair of IHRC, Massoud Shadjareh said:

“This Nigerian administration has used multiple narratives to try and justify its persecution of the Islamic Movement.  All have been proven time and again to be fallacious, and the extreme violence and persecution that has characterised the Buhari clique’s attacks is plain for all to see.  It is time for all relevant international organisations and unions to take appropriate action against the Buhari regime.”

For more information or comment call the press office on +447958522196 or email media[AT]ihrc.org.

Notes to editors:

  1. For the latest submission to the ICC on the Zaria Massacres of 2015 visit here.
  2. For background on the confessional and political background of the Islamic Movement visit here.
  3. The list of places where the Ahura procession have taken place in Nigeria this year is as follows:

1-Katsina.

2-Kaduna.

3-Kano.

4-Sokkwato.

5-Bauchi.

6-Jos.

7- Lafiya.

8-Potiskum.

9- Birnin Kebbi.

10-Gombe.

11- Lagos.

12- Damaturu

13- Dutse

14-Azare.

15- Kiru.

16-Malumfashi.

17-Funtua.

18-Daura.

19-Jibiya.

20-Dutsin-ma.

21-Kudan.

22-Jalingo.

23-Minna

24-Dandume.

25-Kware.

26-Danbatta.

27-Pambegua.

28- Isa

29-Garu.

30-Kiyawa.

31-Saminaka.

32-Talatan Mafara.

33-Maraba Abuja.

34-Gusau Zamfara.

35-Kazaure.

36-Shinkafi.

37-Gwarzo.

38-Malam Madori.

39-Kayarda.

40-Ningi.

41-Yawuri.

42-Mashi.

43-Lere.

44-Udawa.

45-Bodinga.

46-Suleja.

47-Zuru.

48-Taraba.

49-Illela.

50-Sabon birnin gobir.

51-Kauran Namoda.

52-Babban Rami.

53-Kontagora.

54-Matari.

55-Ramin kura.

56-Gaidam.

57-Abuja.

58-Kore kazaure.

60-kadalen kanawa.

61-Dan Anacha

62-Tudun-Iya

63-Disina.

64-Gano Durbunde.

65-Wauru.

66-Kagara.

67-Takakume.

68-Sigau.

69-Alkaleri.

70-Maiduguri.

71- Madobi

72-Dakace.

73-Gwadangaji

74-Jahun jigawa.

75-Gashua.

76-Nguru.

77- Fika

78-Jajimaji.

79-Falgore.

80-Jakusko.

81-kafur

82-Dabai

83-Danja

84-Kahutu

85-Hunkuyi

86-Kokami

87-Danmaigauta

88-Doro

89-MaiRuwa,

90-Faskari

91-‘Yankara.

92.Misau

93.Bangi

94.Darazo

95.Yola

96.Rogo

97.Nahuta

98.Doguwa Kano

99.Dass

100.Faggo

101.Badeggi Naija

102.Bida Naija

103.Tsangaya

104.Dikke

105.Liman Katagum Bauchi

106.Bakori

107.Tsafe.

108.Danja

109.Toro

110.Rinjin Gaini

111.Gumau ba

112.Laru

113.Magama Gari

114.Saminakan Giron Masa.

115. Kafin Madaki

116. Giyade

117. Garko

118.Gwadabawa

119.Warri, Delta State

120.Gada

121.Gwandu

122.Aleiro

123. Gamawa

124.Bagudo

125.Bakoshi

126.Ngaski

127.Bunza

128.Jega

129.Ingawa

130.Giwa Tazo

131.Andarai

132.Babbana Naija

133.Maraban Jos

134.Kafanchan

135.Dakwa

136.Zuba

137.Gwagwalada

138.Bunjan

139.Barwa

140.Unguwar Noma

141.Talasse

142.Dawakin Kudu

143.Doma

144.Samarun Zariya

145.Zabi

146.Gujungu

147.Yalo.

148.Marke

149.Tsakuwawa

150.Hantsu

151.Kauyen namakko

152.Tsadawa

153.Maigatari

154.Gumel

155.Gimba

156.Rimi

157.Abukur

158.Bichi

159.Rimin Hado

160.Gwarzo

161.Jama’are

162.Zagwaran

163.Zani

164.Gwaram

165.Hardawa

166.faguji

167.Shuwaki

168.Wankakka

169.Zadawa

170.Bagwai

171.Shanono Karaye

172. Soba

173. Omuko,  River State

174. Jaba

175. Unguwar Bawa

176.Dagauda

178.Dambam

179.Bilkacuwa

180.Runi

181.Damagun

182. Kuri

183. Mubi

184.  Gombi

185. Ganye

186. Dutsen Bakoshi

187. Tofa

188. Kara

189. Owerri IMO state

190. Biu Borno state

191.Jaru

192.Tamburawa

193. Kanyar Ubandaba

194.Batsari

196.Dukku

197.Biliri

198.Kurjale

199.Talase

200.Nafada

201.Bambam Bargu

201.Bajoga.

202.Kafin Madaki

203. Yabo

204. Gangam

205. Gadan Gayan

206.Anchau

207 Jalingo

208 Iware

209 Garba chede

210 Mutum biyu

211 Gidan Madi

212 Talla

213 Takum

214 Marabar ba isa

215 Nungure

216 Bale

217 Mayo

218 Raniwo

219 Kafin lamido

220 Zig

221 Richifa

222 Wase

223 Keffi

224 Shamdam

225 Akwanga

226 Yalwa

227 Unguwar Nungu

228 Lakoja

229 Gada

230 Dan anache

231 Gumau

232 Laru

233 Rinjin

234 Barikin Ladi

235 Nasarawan Eggon

236 Nasarawan Toto

237 Okene

238 Gora

239 Roni

240 U/Mani

241 D/Sure

242 Kware

243 Mirgha

244 Zaki Katagum

245  Raga

246 Melindige

247 Zakwaram

248 Yana

249 Hardawa

250 Atawari

251 Kari

252 Gwaram

253 Takari

254 Faska

255 Falgoren Daji

256 Bargi

257 Doguwa

258 Tudun wadan Dankade

259 Jamma’are

260 Bebeji

261 Tangaza

270 Jammaje

271 Gigane

272 Makina

273 Kalmalo

274 Charanchi

275 Gwaza

276 Gabarin

277 Soro

278 Douduwo

279 Hadejia

280 Malam Madori

281 Kaugama

282 Kafin Hausa a

283 Birniwa

284 Turabu

285 Dawa

286 marke

287 Guri

288 Likori

289 Taura

290 Gujungu

291 Takatsaba

292 Hantsu/Gatari

293 Bomo

294 Birnin kudu

295 Giade

296 tetaba

297 jibulwa

298 buni yadi

299 dawasa

300 mutum biyu

301 zaria

302 kware

303 bulbulia

304 yabo

305 fakka

306 Bankanu

307Birnin tudu

308 Bakura

309 Rini

310 Faru

311Janbako

312.’Yar dala

313.Matusgi

314.’Yar duna

315Jangeru

316Anka

317 ilorin

318 kode[ENDS]