Nigeria Digest #129

Nigeria Digest #129

From: Islamic Human Rights Commission
03 September 2020

Nigeria Digest #129 (Volume 3 issue 61) – Take Action and write to the Commonwealth to urge their intervention to stop possible attacks in coming weeks.

Three killed and many injured as Nigerian Police attacked peaceful Ashura procession during this week.

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Action Alert

We are asking campaigners to write to the Commonwealth to urge immediate action to stop possible attacks on the members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria. During this week Nigerian Police attacked Ashura mourning procession, killed three and injured many worshipers. 

Please help to support the urgent medical costs of those injured, and the families of those affected by the ongoing violence, 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 Commonwealth to urge their intervention to stop possible attacks on the members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria. A model letter and contact details of the Commonwealth 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:
Demand immediate action to stop further attacks on the Islamic Movement of Nigeria

Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC
Commonwealth Secretariat
Marlborough House
Pall Mall

Re: Demand immediate action to stop further attacks on the Islamic Movement of Nigeria

Dear Baroness Scotland QC,
Nigerian Police once again opened fire on the Ashura processions during this week, which resulted in three deaths and many seriously injured. Nigerian security forces have been extremely violent against Muslims commemorating Ashura in Nigeria, they have already killed dozens of peaceful worshipers brutally and has injured many. I am concerned that there will be further crackdowns by the Nigerian army against the Islamic Movement in the coming weeks. As you are well aware the ruthless members of the military and government have previously used a deeply sectarian narrative to justify their violent actions against the Islamic Movement, including shooting at religious worshipers, curtailment of religious services and various other heinous violations. In some instances, sectarian rhetoric fanning out from institutions linked to the government and army have incited mob attacks on Islamic Movement members.

I urge your office to unequivocally declare that the Commonwealth will not tolerate further violations against the Islamic Movement of Nigeria or indeed any other political or religious group.

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

[Your name]

Commonwealth’s Contact Details:
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7747 6500
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7930 0827

Note: Due to the COVID19 outbreak, we do not advise sending letters by post


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

Ashura 1442: Third Victim of Sunday’s Police Shooting Died in Hospital
02 September 2020

The death has just occurred this evening of yet another Victim of Police brutality of last Sunday in Kaduna during the Ashura mourning procession, Muhammad Sani. 

Muhammad Sani was shot at the chest and the thigh and was admitted in a hospital before he lost the battle to maintain his earthly life and attain victory through martyrdom. Click here for details.

Police Targeted And Killed Cameraman Who Taped Them Setting Their Vehicle Ablaze
01 September 2020
Reports indicate that the Nigerian Police carried out a targeted murder of Malam Bashir Muhammad (Press), a Cameraman who recorded the video that captured policemen setting their operational vehicle on fire about a week ago in an attempt to frame up the Islamic Movement. Click here for details.

IHRC RESS RELEASE: NIGERIA – One reporter, one mourner killed by police, others injured as police open fire in Kaduna on Ashura procession
30 August 2020

Chair of IHRC, Massoud Shadjareh said: “News of the killing of a reporter for Kaduna press, Bashir, by police in Kaduna is shocking but sadly unsurprising news.

“The use of live ammunition against peaceful protestors and this case mourners taking part in a religious ceremony, are part of the Nigerian landscape under Buhari. A teenage mourner, Mohammed Baqer was also reportedly killed. Click here for the details of attack.


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Click here to read the Statement from Nusaibah El Zakzaky: We are not the Shia Movement of Nigeria; we are the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, published on 21 December 2015.

Click here to read the IHRC Press Release, “Nigeria: Islamic Movement under attack, army surrounds leader’s home, published on 13 December 2015.
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The Nigeria Digest is a weekly summary of the campaign to free all who are illegally detained focusing on the Islamic Movement of Nigeria. The opinions expressed in the digest do not necessarily reflect the views of IHRC.

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