Protesting Shiites demand publication of El-Zakzaky’s travel documents


The Islamic Movement in Nigeria presented its protest to the National Human Rights Commission in Abuja on Monday.

They asked the commission to convince the federal government to release the passports of its leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat.

During the protest, the IMN accused the government of flagrant violation of the couple’s basic human rights.

The organization also said that nine months after a Kaduna State High Court ordered them released and acquitted of terrorism charges, the government refused to release their travel documents to allow them to travel. to access emergency medical care abroad.

The head of the IMN Academic Forum, Mukhtar Abdurrahman Auwal, also promised to hold accountable those in positions of power, should anything happen to them.

He said: “It is well known that the Sheikh and his wife Malama Zeenah suffer from numerous health conditions which cannot be treated in Nigeria, and the authorities have refused to issue or issue new international passports to the couple.

“The public is fully aware of the Zaria massacre executed from December 12-14, 2015. It was an ‘all-out war’ to eliminate the Sheikh and dislodge the Islamic movement under his distinguished tutelage, once and for all.

“Unexpectedly, the main target, his wife and several other family members survived the arson and the whole attack. Yet no sooner had four soldiers “discovered” the whereabouts of the survivors in a utility room than they began raining bullets on them, killing three of his sons instantly, leaving the sheikh and his wife “waiting to die” from the fatal gunshot. wounds. But the duo are still alive with multiple health complications, requiring urgent medical attention.

“Since the massacre, the sheikh and his wife have been battling life-threatening health issues.

“During the detention awaiting trial, there was also the issue of urgent medical treatment abroad. After incessant pleas, protests and arguments from lawyers, authorities reluctantly agreed to the medical trip to India for the prosecution to continue after the couple returned to Nigeria.

“Unfortunately, the Nigerian authorities hijacked the whole process by trying to use doctors in India. Realizing their sinister plan was botched, the regime quickly sent the couple on board, then put the oppressed patients behind bars immediately afterwards.

“Justice was delayed and prolonged for over five years but ultimately the court released and acquitted the sheikh and his wife in July 2021. Following the court’s triumph, their immediate concern was to meet their medical needs at the foreigner but their international passports have been denied for almost nine consecutive months now.

“Once again, they must seek justice, but the authorities continue to trample the legal proceedings, causing unnecessary delays. It is pertinent for the public to note that the freedom of Sheikh El-Zakzaky and his wife is still denied.

“After patiently waiting for nine months, we have no choice but to return to the streets of Abuja, to protest against this unholy conspiracy. In view of the above, we demand the unconditional release of international passports from the couple.”

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