Nigeria Digest #103

Nigeria Digest #103

From: Islamic Human Rights Commission
Nigeria Digest 07 December 2019 (Volume 3 Issue 35)

Concerns are raised against the court order to transfer the Sheikh and his wife to Kaduna Central prison.

Next week 12-14 December 2019 marks 4 years of Zaria massacre and the unlawful detention of Sheikh Zakzaky. We request campaigners to highlight the plight of Sheikh Zakzaky by organizing activities / Dua programs in your countries and through social media. You can find all the latest actions and information, as well as background to the campaign, videos and audio and details on the Sheikh on the Free Zakzaky campaign page. The Nigeria Digest is a weekly summary of the campaign to #FreeZakzaky and all who are illegally detained, focusing on the Islamic Movement of Nigeria.

Action Alert


Court ordered transfer of the Sheikh and his wife to the Kaduna Prison and adjourned sitting to 6 Feb, 2020. Genuine concerns are raised that the couple, with life threatening health conditions, will not survive the harsh physical regime of a state prison. IHRC chair Massoud Shadjareh said: “Putting a man in such poor health in prison is effectively signing his death sentence.

We request campaigners to contact the Embassy / High Commission of Nigeria in your country.  A model email / letter is provided below.

Please help support those injured by police brutality, and the families of those killed by the security services by donating to the IHRC Trust’s Nigeria Fund here.

Above all please remember all the oppressed in your dua.#FreeZakzaky


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:

Selected names and email addresses of Ambassadors / High Commissioners can be found on the website page of this alert here.  Please contact us if you have trouble finding the details of your country.

UK: George Adesola Oguntade, 
Malaysia: Yahaya Danjuma Faruk, Chargé d’Affaires,
Turkey: Mr Ahmed Abdulhamid, Ambassador,
Iran: Mr Hamzat Ibrahim,
India: Sola Enikanolaye,
Sweden: Mrs Jane Ada Ndem, Chargé d’Affaires


IHRC Press Release: Zakzaky Prison Transfer Orders Amount to “Death Sentence”
05 December 2019

IHRC condemns the decision of the Kaduna state high court ordering the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife to be transferred from the custody of the internal security services (DSS) to a prison in the state.

The order marks a disturbing turn in the persecution of the couple who have both been in custody since they were badly injured and detained following a savage military attack on the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in December 2015.

Daily #FreeZakzaky Protest in Abuja
03 December 2019
Daily #FreeZakzaky protest staged at Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Of Maitama, FCT Abuja. Demanding for immediate and unconditional release of Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife Malama Zeenah.

#FreeZakzaky Protest in Abuja
29 November 2019
Weekly #FreeZakzaky protest staged at Asokoro in FCT, Abuja. Demanding for immediate and unconditional release of Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife Malama Zeenah.

Armed Security Personnel again fired at peaceful Free Zakzaky protesters in Abuja
14 November 2019

The Monday protest kicked off from Sky Memorial with multitudes of supporters of the revered leader chanting slogans for his release. While the protest is peacefully moving heading to Bega after some metres away from the starting spot, armed Police Force opened fire at the protesters and later started shelling teargas.

The protesters, being arm-less, defied the violent attack and marched to the termination point as planned.


Occupy Buhari Protest in London
14 November 2019
On Thursday 14 November #FreeZakzaky protesters joined Occupy Buhari Protest in front of the official residence of the Nigerian High commissioner in London where president Buhari was staying. Protesters demanded justice and immediate release of all the activists detained by the Nigerian security services.

An Appeal for Victims of Violence in Nigeria
Published on 27 May 2019
The Nigerian authorities have attacked the Islamic Movement of Nigeria leaving dozens dead. They need your help now. Support medical costs for those injured in police and army violence against the Islamic Movement. Support the families of those killed.


CLICK HEREto read Arzu Merali’s blog “The Unbearable Shianess of Mu’allim Ibraheem El-Zakzaky” published on 21 December 2017.

CLICK HERE to read IHRC Report “Investigating the attack against the Islamic Movement of Nigeria on 12-13 December 2015 in Zaria”, published on 21 March 2016.

IHRC is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

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