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El-Zakzaky: Police cracks down on Shiite protesters demanding leader’s release

Police cracks down on Shiites protester demanding El-Zakzaky's release

Protesters were attacked with tear gas and water canons.

Chaos has taken over some streets of Abuja as members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also called Shiites, clashed with police officers during a protest demanding the release of their spiritual leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, on Monday, April 16, 2018.

It remains unclear what led to Monday's altercation, but tension has been brewing for months as the protesters march everyday in an unrelenting effort to secure the release of their leader.

Eyewitnesses have taken to social media to report hearing gun shots from the police as protesters were also attacked with tear gas and water canons.


Details later.

El-Zakzaky's imprisonment

El-Zakzaky has been in custody for two years after the Nigerian Army raided his residence in Zaria and killed hundreds of his followers, including three of his sons, in December 2015.

This was a direct consequence of his followers' clash with the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai.

Despite the court order of Justice Gabriel Kolawole calling for his release on December 2, 2016, after he ruled that the government's justification of "holding him for his own protection" is insufficient, the cleric remains in government custody with his wife.

After rumours of his death intensified protests in January, the DSS allowed him to speak to the media on January 13, his first public appearance since his incarceration.

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Bob Alash is a Chief Editor at Meets Media, a digital journalist who reports on News and some other section of our website.

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