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Human Rights Watch demands release of Zakzaky

14 December 2016, 14:34

Lagos - Authorities must release leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheik Ibraheem El Zakzaky, and stop harassing IMN members, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.

HRW said government must take immediate steps to comply with a federal court order mandating the release of Zakzaky and his wife Zeenatudeen, who have been detained without charge since December 2015.

Perpetrators of the violations should be held accountable following the deadly clashes in Zaria where the army allegedly killed 347 members of the group and injured and arrested scores more.

HRW alleged the violence against the group continued in a series of episodes in October and November 2016.

“The involvement of soldiers in the Zaria incidents, and subsequent police actions against the Islamic Movement raises major questions about Nigeria’s commitment to military reform,” said Mausi Segun, senior Nigeria researcher at HRW.

Also read: HRW: Nigeria soldiers killed Shiite children, no provocation

He said Nigerian authorities should reconsider the heavy-handed crackdown against IMN members, take urgent steps to protect them, and hold perpetrators responsible.

“The government should carry out its law enforcement responsibilities without jeopardizing its own credibility by ignoring court decisions that rightly seek to check its agents’ excesses.”

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