By Simdi Gloria:-
The London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission on Tuesday reported that the Nigerian security forces attacked a popular rally of Sheikh Zakzaky’s supporters in the maitama district of the capital, Abuja leaving many protesters injured.
The protest rally started on Monday and continued into Tuesday against Sheikh Zakzaky’s arrest and trial.
The latest demonstrations were filed in response to the revelation that Zakzaky’s wife has contracted COVID-19 while in police custody and also as Nigeria’s Kaduna State Court adjourned the trial of the couple until March.
The protesters called for the immediate and unconditional release of Zakzaky, who is the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).
The IHRC made the plea with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, reminding the illegal grounds on which the duo was being kept.
“Mallimah tested positive for COVID-19 this week in Kaduna state prison,” the IHRC said, referring to the facility in the Northwestern city of Kaduna where they are being kept. Their release, it added, is necessary “to protect them from the spread of COVID-19 in the country’s jails”.
IHRC chief Massoud Shadjareh also said, “It is nothing short of scandalous that justice continues to be denied to both Mallimah and Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky even after six years in custody during which the authorities have failed to bring any conviction and in which scores have been murdered in cold blood for protesting the injustice.”
“How long is the international community going to allow the Nigerian government to continue murdering its own citizens?” he said.
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