Nigeria Digest #125

Nigeria Digest #125

From: Islamic Human Rights Commission
16 July 2020

Nigeria Digest #125 (Volume 3 issue 57) – Take Action and write to the African Union

The body of #FreeZakzaky protester Shahid Faska was recovered, one year after he was killed by the Nigerian securities forces on 22nd of July 2019. During this week once again security forces attacked #FreeZakzaky protesters.

You can find all the latest actions and information, as well as background to the campaign and information, videos and audio and details on the Sheikh on the Free Zakzaky campaign page.

Action Alert

We are asking campaigners to write to African Union and demand immediate release of Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife. During this week, the body of Shahid Yakubu Yahaya Faska was recovered at National Hospital Abuja on 8th of July 2020, one year after he was killed by the Nigerian securities forces on 22nd of July 2019. Once again security forces attacked #FreeZakzaky protesters in Abuja on 14 July 2020. Please find details of how to campaign 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 Nigeria Fund here.

Above all, please remember all the oppressed in your prayers

Action Alert 
Please send an email to the African Union and demand its intervention in this case. A model email and contact details of the African Union are provided below. Please forward any responses you receive to IHRC at

Model email
If you are emailing, please use the following in the subject line:
Outrage over denial of amnesty for Zakzaky’s amid COVID-19 crisis

H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat
Chair African Union Commission 
PO Box 3243 Roosevelt Street (Old Airport Area) W21K19,
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Re: African Union’s Failure To Save Innocent Lives amid COVID-19

Dear H.E. Mousa Faki Mahamat,

I am shocked to find out that the Nigerian President’s amnesty on the 9th of April, 2020 to 2500 prisoners did not include Sheikh El-Zakzaky, his wife Muallima Zeenah and indeed other political prisoners. Sheikh El-Zakzaky and Muallima Zeenah continue to be held in illegal detention despite a 2016 Federal High Court ruling that their detention was unlawful and unconstitutional. I am writing to you to urge the Nigerian government to release Sheikh Ibraheem el-Zakzaky and Muallima Zeenah immediately. Their continued illegal detention in Kaduna State Prison poses a high risk to their health especially during the current COVID-19 outbreak.
This is a policy that needs to be implemented quickly in Nigeria, not just for the Sheikh and his wife who both suffer from underlying health conditions, but for all political prisoners wherever possible in the interests of justice but also for the sake of peace and cohesion in Nigerian society as a whole.

[Your name]

African Union’s Contact Details:
Postal Address: PO Box 3243 Roosevelt Street (Old Airport Area) W21K19 Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel: +251 11 551 7844


Find all the articles selected this week on our website.  Here are a selected few.

Security Forces Attack Free Zakzaky Protesters in Abuja
14 July 2020
Security Forces attacked Free Zakzaky Peaceful Protesters in Abuja with teargass on Tuesday the 14th of July 2020. Thousands protested continued detention of Sheikh Zakzaky for nearly five years illegally by Buhari Regime following raid on his residence by the Nigerian Soldiers in Dec 2015 after killing hundreds of his followers.

Free Zakzaky Protests Staged Across Places in Nigeria on 11th July 2020
11 July 2020
Nationwide Free Zakzaky protests were staged in many places in Nigeria on Saturday the 11th of July 2020 calling for the unconditional release of Sheikh Zakzaky from illegal detention close to 5 years. The pictures below were taken in Kaduna.

Body of Shahid Yakubu Faska Recovered in Abuja
10 July 2020
The body of Shahid Yakubu Yahaya Faska was recovered at National Hospital Abuja on 8th of July 2020, one year after he was killed by the Nigerian securities forces on 22nd of july2019. He was killed along scores of others. Click here for further details.

Islamic Movement Suffers Rights Violation More Than Any Group In Nig- Says Group
04 July 2020
The group under aegis of the Coalition of Civil Society organizations North West and North Central has said that the Islamic Movement in Nigeria under the leadership of Sheikh Zakzaky for the past fourth years under it existence has suffered tremendous right violations more than any other group in Nigeria.
The group said this on Saturday while briefing journalists on insecurity and violation of fundamental Human Rights in Nigeria held in Abuja. Click here for the details.


Find more videos from recent weeks as well as the archives on the Free Zakzaky audio and video page.

Find a selection below.


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

Follow the IHRC #FreeZakzaky campaign for all the latest action alerts, press releases, reports, background, videos and more.

The Nigeria Digest is a weekly summary of the campaign to free all who are illegally detained focusing on the Islamic Movement of Nigeria.

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