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Sitout_imageUpdate on last week events including protests and daily sit out in Abuja and Nigerian Govt's attempts to legitimise unconstitutional detention of Sheikh Zakzaky.


Islamic Human Rights Commission
NIGERIA DIGEST 27th JANUARY 2018 (Volume 2 Issue 6)

Introduction
Action Alert
Articles and Resources Digest

INTRODUCTION

Update on last week events including protests and daily sit out in Abuja and Nigerian Govt's attempts to legitimise unconstitutional detention of Sheikh Zakzaky.

We request campaigners to continue with last week's action alert. IHRC has sent a letter to Nigerian High Commissioner in London and offered to host Sheikh Zakzaky for the medical treatment in UK. Other organisations in Malaysia, Indonesia and Turkey are sending similar letters to the Nigerian Embassy in their countries. We request all campaigning organisations to send similar letters and offer to host Sheikh Zakzaky for the medical treatment in your country. Individual campaigners please keep on praying for Sheikh and demand his immediate release. Two model letters are provided in action alert, one for the organisations and one for the individual campaigners.

To find out more about Zaria massacre, read IHRC’s submission to the International Criminal Court HERE

To find out how you can help further please visit the IHRC FreeZakzaky campaign page HERE

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Free Zakzaky!

ACTION ALERT FOR THE ORGANISATIONS: Demand immediate release and offer to host Sheikh Zakzaky in your country for medical treatment.
Campaigners / Organisations are requested to demand meeting with local Nigerian Embassy and offer to host Sheikh Zakzaky for urgent medical treatment in your country, using the model letter below.

http://www.ihrc.org.uk/activities/alerts/12035-urgent-alert-nigeria-demand-urgent-medical-treatment-for-sheikh-zakzaky

Model letter

Please adapt the model below and insert details in yellow highlighted areas depending on if you are writing as an individual or an organisation and who you are sending it to. Please forward any response you receive to IHRC on info@ihrc.org.

Please find the name, address and contact details of the relevant diplomat in your country here:

https://www.embassypages.com/nigeria

If you are emailing, please use the following in the subject line:

MEETING TO DISCUSS URGENT MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR SHEIKH ZAKZAKY

[Your name]

[Your address]

[Date]

His Excellency [Insert Name]
Embassy Address

Your Excellency,

We are writing to you raise our concerns about the continued detention of Mu’allim Ibrahim Zakzaky, head of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN).

I am sure you are aware that Shaykh Zakzaky’s house was demolished and he was injured and arrested by the Nigerian military on 14 December 2015, and has been held since without any charges or a trial. Shaykh Zakzaky, whose health has rapidly deteriorated, is in need of special medical attention. Since his arrest, Shaykh Zakzaky has lost his sight in one eye and the use of one arm. Shaykh Zakzaky also suffered a stroke earlier this month which has further aggravated his dire condition.

The courts ordered Shaykh Zakzaky’s release and he should have been free since 15 January 2017, unfortunately the security services have continued to detain him contrary to court order.

Shaykh Zakzaky’s condition requires specialist medical attention and will need to go abroad to get the necessary treatment. We Name organization is happy to host Shaykh Zakzaky in Name Country and I/we will cover all the costs involved, including his travel, accommodation, medical expenses as well as any other expenses that may arise from the trip.

This matter has now dragged on for two years and has become a major blemish on Nigeria’s good name in the international arena. We urge you to use all your powers and influence to help bring about a swift and peaceful resolution.

We would like to request a meeting to discuss this matter further. Please provide a date and time you will be available to discuss how this matter can be resolved.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

NAME

ACTION ALERT FOR INDIVIDUAL CAMPAIGNERS: Demand urgent medical treatment for Sheikh Zakzaky
Campaigners are asked to write to or email the Nigeria President and the Nigerian Ambassador or High Commissioner in your country, using the model letter below.

http://www.ihrc.org.uk/activities/alerts/12035-urgent-alert-nigeria-demand-urgent-medical-treatment-for-sheikh-zakzaky

Model letter
Please adapt the model below depending on who you are sending it to. The addresses and salutations you need are presented below the model. Please forward any response you receive to IHRC on info@ihrc.org.

If you are emailing, please use the following in the subject line:
URGENT MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR SHEIKH ZAKZAKY
[Your name]
[Your address]
[Date]

[Insert name / address of
Person you are sending this to]

Dear [insert name],
I write to demand that Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife Mallima Zeenah are allowed to leave the country for urgent medical treatment.
The continued detention of both of these figures as well as hundreds of others has been a huge stain on the reputation of your government and Nigeria. By not allowing Sheikh Zakzaky and Mallima Zeenah, whose health continues to severely deteriorate as a result of injuries inflicted by your authorities, the medical treatment he needs, you are adding further evidence of your government’s inhumanity and cruelty.
I look forward to your confirmation of their release for treatment by return.
Your sincerely,
[Your signature if posting]
[Your name]

Addresses and salutations

(i) President Muhammadu Buhari
H.E. President Muhammadu Buhari
President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Office of the President
Aso Rock, Abuja
Nigeria
You can submit an email by this form but this page often does not work:
https://statehouse.gov.ng/contacts/

(ii) Nigerian Ambassador / High Commissioner in your country
Please find the name, address and contact details of the relevant diplomat in your country here:
https://www.embassypages.com/nigeria

ARTICLES AND RESOURCES

#FreeZakzaky Daily Sit Out Continues in Abuja
27 January 2018
Today was 11th day of #FreeZakzaky daily Sit Out in Abuja, a big number of concerned Nigerians are regularly attending this "daily Sit Out" since 17th January 2018 in front of Unity Fountain, in Abuja. The Sit Out is organised by coalition of groups to highlight plight of Sheikh Zakzaky, leader of Islamic movement of Nigeria who is illegally detained by security forces since December 2015.

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Overall Interest Of The Public Must Be Considered Before Obeying Court Orders, AGF Malami Says
27 January 2018

The Federal Attorney General, Mr. Abubakar Malami SAN, has yet again thrown another indication that he upholds tyranny and impunity over and above the rule of law and justice when he claimed that “public interest” as determined by him must be considered before obeying court orders.

He made this dangerous assertion in an interview with a magazine published monthly as revealed by Premium Times recently.

When asked why the Federal Government had refused to release the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, he claimed the overall interest of the public must be considered before obeying court orders.”

The Minister of justice, who is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, clearly showed his preference of impunity and dangerous misuse of power over natural justice, rule of law...

#FreeZakzaky Protest at National Mosque Abuja
26 January 2018
On Friday 26th January 2018, another #FreeZakzaky protest was staged at national mosque in Abuja.

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#FreeZakzaky Protest in Abuja
25 January 2018
On 25 January 2018 brothers and sisters staged another peaceful #FreeZakzaky protest in capital city Abuja to demand immediate release of their leader Sheikh Zakzaky for medical treatment.

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FG Dragged To Court For Contempt In Refusing To Release Sheikh Zakzaky, Wife
23 January 2018
A contempt of Court proceedings has been opened against the Director General of State Security Service, the Nigerian Police Force and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) for failing to obey the judgement of Justice Kolawole of the Federal High Court Abuja with regards to the continued detention of Sheikh Zakzaky.

In the Notice in Form 49 filed by Counsel to Sheikh Zakzaky, Femi Falana SAN on 22nd January, 2018, referenced Appeal number: CA/A/64/2017, Suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/247/2016 between Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, the applicant and State Security Service, the Contemnor/Respondent, The Nigerian Police Force and the Attorney General of the Federation, respondent said that; pursuant to Order IX, Rule (13) of the Judgement and (Enforcement) Rules Section 308 Section 72 of the Sheriff and Civil Process Act, 2004, a notice to show cause why order of the contemnor/ respondents committal to prison should not be made...

PRESS RELEASE - Nigeria: IHRC urges High Commissioner in London to meet to discuss health of Sheikh Zakzaky
23 January 2018

IHRC has written to the Nigerian High Commissioner in London asking for an urgent meeting to discuss the health of the ailing leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky.

The sheikh suffered a stroke earlier this month aggravating an already poor state of health and prompting supporters to ask that he be freed from detention to receive medical treatment.

Last week IHRC wrote again to the Nigerian President Obasanjo Buhari asking him to intervene to secure Sheikh Zakzaky's release. To date no reply has been forthcoming.

In the letter to the High Commissioner George Adesola Oguntade, IHRC urges him to allow the sheikh to travel abroad to receive specialist care...

16th Day of Continuous Daily Protests in Abuja
23 January 2018
On 23rd January 2018 #FreeZakzaky protesters came out on 16th continuous day in capital city Abuja. In last 2 weeks continuous protests, police and security forces fired live bullets, tortured, killed and detailed many peaceful protesters demanding release of illegally detained leader of Islamic Movement Sheikh Zakzaky.

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IHRC PRESS RELEASE NIGERIA: Govt begins legal attempt to legitimise detention of Ibrahim el-Zakzaky
22 January 2018

The continuing detention of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky takes another turn today with the commencement of a government appeal challenging a court order made in December 2016 that he and his wife be released.

The Attorney General of Nigeria has filed an appeal to overthrow the order of the Federal High Court on 2 December 2016 that the pair be freed within 45 days because their incarceration was illegal and unconstitutional.

In spite of the court order the Zakzakys remain in the custody of Nigerian security services with little sign that the latter intend to release them any time soon, if at all...

IHRC Press Release NIGERIA: Govt rebuked for contempt of court in Ibrahim el-Zakzaky case
22 January 2018

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has rebuked the country's government saying it cannot tolerate defiance of its injunctions in respect of the release of the illegally detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky.

The move came as judges sat to hear a government appeal against a court order made over a year ago that Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife be released.

That order of the Federal High Court on 2 December 2016 demanded that the pair be freed within 45 days as their incarceration was illegal and unconstitutional.

In spite of the court order the Zakzakys have remained in the custody of the state putting it in clear contempt of court...

Sister Whose Five Children Were Killed, Herself Survived With Bullet Wounds finds No Respite Even At Home
26 January 2018

Malama Jummai Ahmad Karofi, a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University and a mother to five children shot during the Zaria December 2015 massacre and probably included in the mass grave, whose other son as well as herself were equally shot but survived with bullet wounds, here complains of continued persecution even in their private home by El-Rufai government, simply for being Sheikh Zakzaky’s supporter. Click here to watch her story

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