Nigeria Digest #107

Nigeria Digest #107

From: Islamic Human Rights Commission
08 February 2020

The case has been adjourned to 24 and 25 February. The Sheikh and Malama have been granted access to their doctors.

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


Sheikh Zakzaky and Malama Zeenah’s sham court trial has been adjourned to 24th and 25th of this month. The Sheikh and Malama have been granted access to their doctors. #FreeZakzaky protests continued 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.



Please send an email to the Commonwealth and demand their intervention in this case. A model letter and contact details of the Commonwealth are provided below. Please forward any responses you receive to IHRC at

Model email / letter
If you are emailing, please use the following in the subject line:
Commonwealth’s Failure to Save Innocent Lives

Your name
Your address

Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC
Commonwealth Secretariat
Marlborough House
Pall Mall

Dear Baroness Scotland QC,

Re: Commonwealth’s Failure To Save Innocent Lives

Nigeria has been the subject of repeated complaints over its killings of supporters of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria. The Commonwealth’s silence on this issue is putting more innocent lives at risk. Nigerian security forces have continuously attacked various peaceful demonstrations of the Islamic Movement, killing dozens of peaceful protesters, while arresting, torturing, and injuring hundreds of them. 

It is imperative that you apply pressure on the Nigerian authorities so they stop killing innocent people and immediately release the unlawfully detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Zakzaky, and his wife Zeenah. They have been held in illegal detention for over four years. You are doubtless aware of the details of his case. I am deeply concerned for their safety and security.

I urge your office to make it known in unconditional terms that further rights violations against the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, or indeed any other political or religious group, will not be tolerated by the Commonwealth.

I look forward to your speedy response outlining the actions your office will be taking.

Yours sincerely,
[Your signature if posting]

Commonwealth’s Contact Details:
Postal Address: Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7747 6500
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7930 0827


Updates From Sheikh Zakzaky Court Hearing
06 February 2020

The case has been adjourned to 24 and 25 February. The Sheikh and Malama have been granted access to their doctors. Click here to see the details of the case hearing.

Abuja Free Zakzaky Protest on 6 Feb 2020
06 February 2020

Massive free Zakzaky protests staged in Maitama District of Abuja, Capital City of Nigeria on Thursday the 6th of January 2020 calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Sheikh Zakzaky. In the same vein condemning the illegal trial against him and his wife Zeenah in Federal High Court Kaduna.

IHRC urges end to sham trial of Sheikh Zakzaky
5 February 2020

IHRC is calling on the Nigerian authorities to free the imprisoned leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, and his spouse ahead of their appearance in court this Thursday 6 Feb in a politically motivated trial.

The pair face charges of culpable homicide for their alleged part in the death of a member of the security forces during a massacre by armed forces of supporters of the Islamic Movement in 2015 in which over 1000 innocent people are believed to have been killed.

The couple have now been detained for over four years despite the federal high court ruling in 2016 that their detention was unlawful and unconstitutional and ordering the Nigerian government to release them by January 16, 2017 and pay compensation. Click here to read the full press release.

Free Zakzaky Protest in Kaduna on 5th of Feb 2020
5 February 2020
Free Zakzaky Protest in  Kaduna metropolis on Wednesday the 5th of Feburary 2020 calling for the release of Sheikh Zakzaky.

Free Zakzaky in Abuja on Tuesday the 4th of Feb
4 February 2020
Free Zakzaky massive protest took place in Abuja on Tuesday the 4th of February 2020 calling for the unconditional release of Sheikh Zakzaky who has been in unlawful detention for over 4 years. The call for the release of the Leader is necessary due to his health condition.


Nigerian Authorities Attacked Arbaeen Procession 2016
Published on 15 November 2016
The Nigerian state has launched a bloody crackdown on the Islamic movement. The procession is one of many strands from all over the country making their way to Zaria where they will join the main procession which in previous years has been attended by several million people. 

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 on Nigeria published on 10 June 1997 “REPORT ON NIGERIA EXPOSES NEW HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AGAINST MUSLIMS”

Click here to read Arzu Merali’s blog published on 22 February 2019 “Zakzaky is not Thomas Becket; Buhari be warned”

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

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