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Respect Court Order, free Shiites Leader El-Zakzaky, Amnesty tells Buhari

Amnesty International is again calling on Nigerian authorities to respect court order of Dec. 2016 and release leader of IMN Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.

In Dec. 2015 soldiers of Nigerian army murdered over 350 supporters of IMN; including women & children. Upto now Nigerian govt. has not brought anyone to justice for these killings. Rather, more Shiites were killed by soldiers & police, including 45 people killed in Oct. 2018.

The 2015 mass slaughter of hundreds of Shiite men, women and children by soldiers in Zaria and the attempted cover-up of this crime demonstrates Nigerian government’s utter contempt for human life and accountability.

When Nigerian army massacred hundreds of Shiites in Zaria in 2015 bodies were left littered in the streets and piled outside the mortuary. Some of the injured were burned alive. But no one has been brought to justice by Nigerian government.

Nigerian govt. made considerable efforts to cover up the bloody massacre of over 350 Shiites in Zaria in Dec. 2015. These satellite images show possible mass graves where govt. officials buried those killed, with the aim of cover up of the crime;
Since Dec. 2015 Sheik El-Zakzaky & his wife are being unlawfully detained. This might be part of a wider effort to cover up the gruesome crimes committed by members of the security forces in Zaria in December 2015 that left hundreds dead.

Since his unlawful detention in 2015 Sheik El Zakzaky’s health has been deteriorating. Having lost one of his eyes as a result gunshots, his health continuous to deteriorate. We call on @MBuhari to respect rule of law and fundamental rights.

Although soldiers of Nigerian Army massacred six sons of Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, Nigerian government has not brought brought anyone to justice.

A Nigerian federal high court declared detention of Sheik El-Zakzaky as unlawful & unconstitutional since Dec. 2016 but Nigerian authorities @MBuhari still kept him in detention in contempt of court & rule of law.

When soldiers invaded Shiites compound in Zaria in 2015 there were dead bodies in rooms and also in the courtyard. Soldiers threw grenades inside the compound that was full of women & children. Nigerian govt. @MBuhari has not brought anyone to justice for these crimes.

Witnesses of the 2015 Zaria massacre interviewed by Amnesty International said they saw dozens of people being shot dead by soldiers and dozens of wounded protesters died when soldiers set fire to a buildings in the IMN leader’s residential compound. Upto now no justice.



Large numbers of bodies were seen outside the ABU Teaching hospital’s mortuary on the evening of 14 December 2015, and a witness told Amnesty International that he saw several trucks and military vehicles diggings a large pit at the site of suspected mass grave.

In what appears to be an effort by govt. to cover up the massacre of over 350 people in Zaria in Dec. 2015 Nigerian govt. secretly buried those murdered in mass graves (like the one in this picture) in the days after the incident:

Dec. 2015; When soldiers stormed Sheik El-Zakzaky’s compound a number of IMN supporters who were too seriously wounded to be able to escape died in the fire in the makeshift medical clinic, while others were shot dead as they tried to escape. Some escaped with severe injuries.

In Oct. 2018, soldiers killed at least 45 supporters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) over two days, as the Shi’a Muslim group held a peaceful religious procession around Abuja.


Amnesty International has evidence that the military used automatic firearms during the Oct. 2018 protest, in which at least 122 protesters sustained gunshot wounds and at least 39 were killed. Victims included women & children. No one has been brought to justice upto now.

The Oct. 2018 IMN protest in Abuja shows clearly that Nigerian military are deliberately using tactics designed to kill when dealing with IMN gatherings. No one was brought to justice by @MBuhari for what clearly amount to extra-judicial killings:






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