Nigeria Digest #106

Nigeria Digest #106

From: Islamic Human Rights Commission
01 February 2020

Protests intestified in Nigeria as the court hearing of Sheikh Zakzaky fast approaches on 6 February 2020.

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

#FreeZakzaky protests intensified in Nigeria due to the deteriorating health and upcoming court hearing of Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife Muallima Zeenah. A date of 6 February 2020 has been set in the Kaduna High Court to hear the trumped up charges against them. 

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.



Please contact the Embassy / High Commission of Nigeria in your country.  A model email / letter is also provided should you wish to use it, along with email addresses for key countries. Please keep all correspondence polite.

Model email / letter
Subject:  Urgent – Release Sheikh Zakzaky and Muallima Zeenah immediately

Dear [Insert Ambassador/High Commisioner’s name],

I am writing to inform you about the continued illegal detention of Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and Mallima Zeenah. It has been four years now that the Sheikh and his wife have been kept in illegal detention. They continue to be refused the medical treatment which they are in dire need of.

This news is deeply concerning, especially at a time where the health of the Sheikh is in critical condition, as is that of Mallima Zeenah. Refusing their medication could lead to fatal consequences and can be seen as an assassination attempt by the Nigerian authorities.

Their continued detention cannot be justified by any means and should this lead to their deaths, the Nigerian authorities will be held responsible for this complete travesty.

I demand the Nigerian authorities end this episode with the immediate and unconditional release of both the Sheikh and Muallima. 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 below.  Please contact us if you have trouble finding the details of your country.

UK:  Mr Olukunle A. Bamgbose, Acting High Commisioner,,

France: Mr Hakeem O. Sulaiman , Ambassador,
Malaysia: Nurudeen Muhammed , Chargé d’Affaires,
Turkey: Mr Ahmed Abdulhamid, Ambassador,
Iran: Mr Hamzat Ibrahim, Ambassador, /
India: Mr Sola Enikanolaye , High Commisioner,
Sweden: Mrs Jane Ada Ndem, Chargé d’Affaires


Free Zakzaky Protests in Abuja on 29 and 30 Jan 2020
30 Jan 2020

Daily Free Zakzaky Protest stages in Abuja today Thursday the 30th of January 2020 calling for the freedom of Sheikh Zakzaky and wife.

IHRC writes to Buhari seeking Zakzakys release
29 January 2020

IHRC has written to the Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari urging him to release the imprisoned leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenah al-Zakzaky.

The letter is the latest in a long line correspondence with Buhari and other Nigerian officials and expresses concern that the couple continue to be unlawfully detained and are undergoing prosecution despite a court ruling ordering their release.

Free Zakzaky Protest in Kaduna on Mon 27 Jan 2020
27 Jan 2020

Another Free Zakzaky Peaceful Protest was staged in Kaduna on Monday the 27th of Jan 2020 calling for the freedom of Sheikh Zakzaky and wife. Protests in Kaduna were always of by security forces since three years. 

Many protesters were killed with the order of Nasir Elrufai the Governor of Kaduna state who recently said he would not release Sheikh as long as he remains as the Governor of the state.

Free Zakzaky Peaceful Protest in Abuja on Mon 27th Jan 2020
27 Jan 2020
A peaceful free Zakzaky protest was staged at Maitama Dsitrict Abuja on Monday the 27th of January 2020 calling for the unconditional release of Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife from unlawful detention for over three years.


Sheikh Zakzaky on US Policy of Extrajudicial Killings
June 2014
This short clip is of Sheikh Ibraeem El-Zakazky during Shabaniyah celebrations in June 2014 discussing the US policy of assasination.

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 here to read the Ihrc report Human Rights Abuses in Nigeria: September 1996 – October 1997, Addendum

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

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