Again, Shiites defy Kaduna government, hold rally demanding release of El-Zakzaky


Hundreds of Shiite IMN members on Saturday held a protest march in Kaduna to demand the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

The protest by the Shiites occurred despite a ban on processions and rallies by the Kaduna State Government and the police. The government, which had earlier outlawed the IMN declaring it an insurgent group, said the ban was necessary to maintain peace and order in the state.

On Saturday, the protesters marched through the popular Ahmadu Bello area, causing heavy traffic for road users. They sang in Hausa and English calling on the federal government to release Mr. El-Zakzaky who has been in detention without trial since December 2015.

The cleric was detained after over 300 members of the IMN were killed by soldiers who accused them of blocking the road and plotting to kill the army chief, Tukur Buratai. The IMN denied the army’s claims.

A court in Abuja has since ordered the release of Mr. El-Zakzaky and his wife and ordered payment of compensation to them.

As the protesters marched on Saturday, Kaduna residents asked the state government to ensure it does not turn violent especially during this Christmas period.

“I wanted to run away when I heard them coming but all that happened to me was I lost some of my money,” a Kaduna resident, Habiba Sale, said. “I beg (Governor) El-Rufai to please give people maximum security during this Christmas,” she said.

Mr. El-Rufai has assured Kaduna residents of adequate security saying all security agencies were working together to ensure peace during the yuletide.


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  • musa aliyu

    It’s left for all the world to see who these lawless miscreants are. To them only Iran reign supreme. They see themselves above any law. They want to turn the state red so that they spoil Christmas, seeing that other parts of the state is under curfew.

  • Muhammed Zubairu

    Either you embrace justice for all, and enjoy a peacefully tenure, or you deny justice to some and leave with lack of peace.This is your message, Governor El-rufa’i.

    • FineBoy


    • paul irumundomon

      It is what they believed in, and they were born that way. To others, out side of those states, it seem like mirage and movies, but that is the truth.

  • Dara Usman

    I don’t get it; what is the benefit of these people from this believes that leaves people dead and just roaming the streets?

  • JasV

    They can march on foot from here to Mecca and back, but let them just do the nonsense they use to do with elzacky zacky and see how many of them will live to tell the story. In the meanwhile the criminal will remain firmly locked up

  • musa Ayo

    Certainly you can only suppress a faith movement but can’t annihilate it. The government should be very careful the way they handle such movements!
    History is a sure teacher!

  • tsunami1earthquake

    El-rufai is not handling this matter properly. He wants to precipitate another theater of war in Nigeria; and when this happens he, el-rufai, would not go to the field to fight or direct execution of that war. He, like his Borno State counterpart, would be holed up in a safe haven and watch countless people die over matters that don’t concern them.

    I wonder when Nigerians placed in leadership positions would learn how to handle emergencies without precipitating further emergencies! Poor handling of emergencies created by the Boko Haram led to what the nation has been suffering from in the past 7 years.

    El-rufai, wake up and smell the coffee!

  • amazing2012

    ….then let them face the law, simple !