Nigeria Digest #137

Nigeria Digest #137
From: Islamic Human Rights Commission

26 May 2021

Nigeria Digest #137 – Take action and write to your country’s Nigerian ambassador / High Commissioner and copy in the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
Murderous Nigerian Police attacks continued on #FreeZakzaky protesters.

You can find all the latest actions and information and the background to the campaign, videos and audio at the Free Zakzaky campaign page.

Action Alert


This week we are continuing to urge campaigners to Take action and write to their country’s Nigerian ambassador / High Commissioner and copy in the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. During last month Nigerian Police attacks continued on #Free Palestine / #Free Zakzaky protesters. At least three innocent protesters were killed in last month’s #FreeZakzaky / #Free Palestine 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.


Action Alert

IHRC calls upon campaigners to write to their country’s Nigerian ambassador / High Commissioner and copy in the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention demanding the Nigerian authorities stop killing innocent protesters and release the political prisoners immediately. A model letter is provided. Please forward any responses you receive to IHRC at

Model email
If you are emailing, please use the following in the subject line:
Re: Five Years of Unlawful Detention of Sheikh Zakzaky

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

Nigeria has been the subject of repeated complaints about its killings of supporters of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria. Your 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. 

You must apply pressure on the Nigerian authorities to 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 absolute terms that further violations against the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, or indeed any other political or religious group, will not be tolerated.

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

Yours sincerely,

[Your name]

Recipient Addresses

Click on the 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 at if you have trouble finding the details of your country.
Please remember to also cc/ in Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights:

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

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 Commissioner, 
Sweden: Mrs Jane Ada Ndem, Chargé d’Affaires

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.

Quds 2021: Brother Naziru Killed by Police in Abuja
17 May 2021
Brother Naziru Muázu from Sokoto was confirmed dead following serious beating with sticks and iron rods by the Nigerian police at Eagle Square Abuja. He was seriously beaten and injured and left in a state of coma by the Police during International Quds day Procession in Abuja on Friday the 7th of May 2021 among many others. He attained martyrdom of the injuries while receiving treatment in a private hospital on Monday. Several are still suffering from various degrees of injuries in the custody of police without treatment.

 intl quds day 2021: police killed naziru

#Free Palestine – Quds Day Marked in Nigeria
07 May 2021
Thousands of people marked International Quds day in different places in Nigeria on Friday the 7th of May 2021 (25th of Ramadan 1442). 

 intl quds day in nigeria on fri 7th may 2021
 intl quds day in nigeria on fri 7th may 2021

Free Palestine / Free Zakzaky Protest in Abuja on 6th of May 2021
06 May 2021
Pro Zakzaky peaceful protest in Abuja Federal Capital on Thursday the 6th of May 2021 calling for the Freedom of Sheikh Zakzaky and the Occupied Palestine.

Police Brutality: One of the victims of Abuja Police attack attains martyrdom
22 April 2021

Hassan Abubakar Aliyu, one of the victims of Police brutality, during the usual peaceful processions taking place in the capital of Nigeria, Abuja, has attained martyrdom. He was shot by armed Policemen on 14/4/2021 around Barnex Plaza, Abuja, during a procession calling for Buhari government to respect the law and free Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky from unjust detention as had since ordered by a federal court.

 funeral of shahid hasan in abj on 22 april 2021

Police Open Fire on Pro-Zakaky Protesters in Abuja on 14 April
14 April 2021

Nigerian Security forces opened fire on Pro-Zakzaky peaceful protesters in Abuja on Wednesday the 14th of April 2021. The Protesters were marching through a street in Abuja in an orderly manner calling for the freedom of Sheikh Zakzaky and wife from illegal detention when the police attacked them with live ammunitions. At least five protesters were injured at varying degrees.

police attacked pro zakzaky protesters in abj on 14 april 2021

TRIAL OF SHEIKH ZAKZAKY: Army witness confessed attacking Sheikh Zakzaky’s residence; Court fixes 25th May for further hearing
31 March 2021
At the resumed session today 31/3/2021, the 15th and the last witness Major Gen. A. K. Ibraheem appeared before the court. He confesses how Army were sent to Sheikh Zakzaky’s residence, Hussainiyya and martyrs’ cemetery at Darul Rahma on 12/12/2015. Click here for details.

Murderous police attacks continue ahead of Zakzakys’ trial
30 March 2021 – IHRC Press Release

Violence aimed at quelling protests aimed at the release of Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky and his wife Mallima Zeenah is continuing in Nigeria ahead of the couple’s scheduled appearance in court tomorrow. At least one person, Muhsin Jafar, was killed in the capital yesterday when police fired at peaceful protestors using live ammunition. Click here for details.

Funeral of Shahid Muhsin killed by Police in Abuja
30 March 2021
Funeral prayer of Shahid Muhsin Jafar took place on Monday the 15th of Shaban 1442 (29/3/2921) in Abuja. He was killed by the Nigerian Police at National Human Right Commission Headquarters attacked in Abuja  during a protest calling for the freedom of Sheikh Zakzaky and wife on the the penultimate Monday the 29/3/2021.

 pro zakzaky protester killed in abj on 25 march 2021

Pro Zakzaky Protesters took to Street Abuja on 30th of March
30 March 2021
Free Zakzaky Peaceful Protest in Abuja on Tuesday the 30th of March 2021 after brutal police attack the previous day. Hundreds came out calling for the freedom of Sheikh Zakzaky and wife. 

Police opened fire on Pro Zakzaky Protesters in Abuja, one killed
29 March 2021
Pro Zakzaky peaceful protesters were attacked in Abuja the Federal Capital during a protest calling for the freedom of Sheikh Zakzaky and wife on Monday the 29/3/2021. The police violently opened fire on protesters in front of the National Human Right Commission building instantly killing one protester- Muhsin Jafar Minna while injuring scores.

Killing of a Free-Zakzaky Protester: Lawsuit Filed against IGP
22 March 2021
In view of the foregoing police brutality and so it may serve as deterrence to it, I, Fatima, on behalf of my family, have sued the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu; Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami and the Medical Director, Wuse District Hospital, asking Federal High Court to declare the killing of Kabiru Ahmed as unlawful, and the parties should pay compensation of 5 billion Naira to the Family of the Deceased. Click here for details.

Court adjourns Sheikh Zakzaky’s ”secret trial” until March 31
08 March 2021
A Kaduna State High Court, on Tuesday, adjourned the “secret trial“ of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, until March 31.


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

Occupy Buhari Protest in London
14 November 2019
On Thursday 14 November #FreeZakzaky protesters joined Occupy Buhari Protest in front of the official residence of the Nigerian High commissioner in London where president Buhari was staying. Protesters demanded justice and immediate release of all the activists detained by the Nigerian security services.

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 summary of state breaches of the ICCPR in respect of the ongoing crackdown on the Islamic Movement of Nigeria dating from 2014

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

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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