Nigeria Digest #104

Nigeria Digest #104

From: Islamic Human Rights Commission
18 January 2020

Two more innocent protesters were killed by direct fire from Nigerian police. This week, take action and write a message of support to Sheikh Zakzaky and Muallima Zeenah in prison.  

You can find all the latest actions and information, as well as background to the campaign, information, videos, 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


Nigerian police continued to target peaceful protesters and in the last few weeks at least two innocent protesters were killed and many injured by direct fire. Nevertheless, defiant demonstrators continued #FreeZakzaky protests in Nigeria.

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

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



We request campaigners to write a message of support to the leader of the Islamic Movement Nigeria Sheikh Ibraheem el-Zakzaky and his wife Muallima Zeenah who are currently being held in illegal detention.

Please note campaigners should know that their letters will be read by the controller of the prison before they are given to the Sheikh and his wife.

Recipient address

Please send a letter or card via Royal Mail or any other delivery service to the following address:

To Sheikh Zakzaky/Muallima Zeenah c/o Sanusi Muazu Danmusa
State Controller of Corrections Kaduna Command,
Ilorin road, Independence way,


ICC investigating Zaria massacre, concerned about alleged evidence tampering
IHRC Press Release – 06 January 2020

The International Criminal Court in The Hague is continuing to investigate the massacre of over 1000 civilians by Nigerian armed forces in the city of Zaria in 2005.

In its most recent update issued shortly before the new year the Prosecutor of the court said she was still compiling evidence and “finalising its assessment on subject-matter jurisdiction”.

The ICC is waiting for a response from Nigeria that satisfies the court that it is properly investigating and prosecuting those responsible for the massacre. Should the government fail to progress these issues, the ICC will then intervene and see where they can prosecute.

The Court’s preliminary investigation centres on crimes against humanity, that is, acts “committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population, with knowledge of the attack”.

Police Attack: Ishaq Muhammad Attained martyrdom two weeks after
11 January 2019

Ishaq Muhammad Sulaiman attained martyrdom on Friday the 10th of Jan 2020 in hospital in Sokoto. He was injured by the Nigerian security forces two weeks ago in Sokoto when they attacked free Zakzaky procession on Friday the 27th of Dec 2019. One person was killed on that day.

 Shahid Ishaq Muhammad is the second martyr who died of serious injuries.

He was laid to rest on Saturday the 11th of January 2020 in his hometown Birnin Tudu in Mafara Local Government Area.

Protest in Abujav callsing For The Release Of Sheikh Zakzaky And Total Condemnation Of El-Rufai’s Phony Broadcast On the Sheik’s Fate
11 January 2020

“Sheikh Zakzaky’s fate lies in the hands of the federal gov. neither the Kaduna state gov. nor court authority” – Protesters vehemently make a fresh call in Abuja.

Reacting to the current tentative statement issued by the Kaduna state government and being broadcasted in many electronic media on Friday morning 10/1/2020, regarding the Sheikh Zakzaky’s fate, the capital of the nation, Abuja, witnessed large turn out of brothers of the Movement vehementely condemning the phony broadcast believed to have been clandestenely arranged to achieved their devilish target on the innocent leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H).

Sayyed Zakzaky’s Health Update
10 January 2020 – Sayyed Zakzaky Office
Information reaching us from the people who visited Sheikh Zakzaky on Thursday 9th January, 2020 indicates that his health continues to deteriorate. As we previously raised the alarm, the prison officials have continuesly refused to let his doctors access and examine him. So it is impossible to know the extent to which his health has deteriorated let alone his doctors put him on medication. 

Free Zakzaky Peaceful Protest in Abuja
02 Jan 2020
Free Sheikh Zakzaky Peaceful Protest in Abuja on Thursday the 2nd of January 2020. Followers of the Sheikh staged the peaceful protest calling on the Buhari regime to free the Leader.

One Martyred, Many Others Injured As Police Fire At Free Zakzaky Protest In Sokoto
27 December 2019

At least one man, Yahuza Umar Kalabaina, was killed today Friday the 27th of Dec. 2019  in Sokoto when policemen opened fire at a peaceful Free Zakzaky procession. Several others were injured in the shameful police frenzy.

Martyr Yahuza Umar was shot at pointblank range, without warning, by the police on his head.Many others escaped with varying degrees of injuries, including someone who was trying to capture the scene of this police brutality with his phone camera.

UN Urged To Intervene In Zakzaky Case On Human Rights Day
IHRC Press Release – 10 December 2019

IHRC has written to the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights urging her to intervene in the case of the beleaguered leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenah al-Zakzaky.

The plea comes on Human Rights Day and follows last week’s transfer of the pair to a federal jail while they await the resumption of a controversial trial seeking their conviction for homicide.

Saying that the continued detention and prosecution of the pair violates all acceptable international and domestic human rights standards, the letter calls on Michelle Bachelet Jeria to secure their release.


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.

Nigeria Army Attacked ArbaeenTrek 2018 
Published on 20 November 2018
Many of the followers of Sheikh Zakzaky were captured alive and tortured to death during attack on ArbaeenTrek 2018, watch a video clip of Nigerian Army capturing peaceful participants of Abuja ArbaeenTrek 2018.


Click here to read IHRC Press release “ICC cautioned against blaming victims in Nigeria massacre investigation”, published on 06 March 2018.

Click here to read the letter by IHRC Chair Massoud Shadjareh to the ICC regarding the preservation of Zaria massacre-evidence. published on 30 November 2017.

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

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