Islam Times 26 Jan 2021 082021000000Tue, 26 Jan 2021 08:25:41 -0500 8:25 https://www.islamtimes.org/en/news/912448/nigerian-security-forces-attack-sheikh-zakzaky-s-supporters -------------------------------------------------- Title : Nigerian Security Forces Attack Sheikh Zakzaky’s Supporters -------------------------------------------------- Islam Times - Nigerian security forces have attacked a popular rally of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky's supporters in Abuja. Text : The protest rally was being held on Monday against Sheikh Zakzaky s arrest and trial. Those attending the protests called for the immediate and unconditional release of Zakzaky, who is the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria [IMN]. A prominent Islamic human rights NGO has urged Nigeria to release the country s leading Muslim cleric and his wife, who have been unlawfully detained by Abuja since 2015 and afflicted with considerable suffering, now that they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 infection. The London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission [IHRC] made the plea with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, reminding the illegal grounds on which the duo were being kept. Mallimah Zeenah tested positive for COVID-19 this week in Kaduna state prison, the body said, referring respectively to Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky s spouse and the facility in the northwestern city of Kaduna, where they were incarcerated. The release, it added, was necessary to protect them from the spread of COVID-19 in the country s jails. A prominent Islamic human rights NGO has urged Nigeria to release the country s leading Muslim cleric and his wife, who have been unlawfully detained by Abuja since 2015 and afflicted with considerable suffering, now that they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 infection. The London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission [IHRC] made the plea with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, reminding the illegal grounds on which the duo were being kept. In late 2015, Nigerian forces brutally attacked Zakzaky s residence in the city of Zaria in Kaduna State and the followers of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria [IMN] Muslim group that he leads. They laid the couple under arrest and went on to slay three of Zakzaky s sons and more than 1,000 of IMN s supporters. Abuja ordered the massacre after claiming that the IMN had attacked a convoy carrying Nigeria s defense minister. Reports, however, have shown how the convoy intentionally crossed paths with a religious procession by the movement earlier, prompting a conflict with its supporters that the state used as a pretext to launch the bloodbath.