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January saw Zaria rocked with violence after a sectarian provocation. The events greatly echo the sectarian provocation and violence which previously occurred in Sokoto.
The 113 remaining detained members of the Shia group in Sokoto have each been sentenced 11 years in prison after 10 months of detention awaiting their trial.
16 of the 127 detained members of Shia group in Sokoto, held for past six months, have been granted bail by Federal High Court in Sokoto.
Following the death of a popular Sunni cleric in Sokoto, Shia community is persecuted in the region at the hands of Nigerian security forces.