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PRESS RELEASE - Nigeria: IMN braced for police attacks as it commemorates 2015 massacre

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Demonstrators in the capital Abuja marking the second anniversary of the massacre of over 1000 supporters of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria have reported the deployment of police to head off their protest.


From Islamic Human Rights Commission:

Photographs sent from the scene show police lined up across the road facing off against the protestors in order to stop them from proceeding.

The demonstration, which is also calling for the release of IMN leader Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky is one of many taking place around the world today to mark the 2015 massacre which took place over three days between 12-14 December 2015.

No one has yet been brought to justice for the atrocity.

Along with his wife Zeenah, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has been held without charge following their arrest during the later 2015 massacre of IMN supporters. Both were shot during the attack in Zaria in which at least 1000 IMN supporters, including a further three sons of the couple, were killed.

The couple remain in the custody of the State Security Service which is stubbornly refusing to implement a release order issued by a federal high court judge on 2 December 2016 on the basis that their detention is illegal and unconstitutional. The judge gave Nigerian authorities 45 days to unconditionally release the pair.

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Notes to editors:

In March 2016 IHRC petitioned the International Criminal Court to to open a preliminary inquiry into the December 2015 massacre of IMN members.

Our report which we submitted to the ICC can be found at http://ihrc.org.uk/publications/reports/11646-investigating-the-attack-against-the-islamic-movement-of-nigeria-on-12-13-december-2015-in-zaria[Ends]

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