Shiite muslim members defy FG’s directive

Thousands of Shiite IMN members on Wednesday held protest marches in major cities across northern Nigeria.

The IMN members are demanding the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. who has been in detention without trial since December 2015.

Zakzaky has been in detention without trial since December 2015.

The cleric was detained after over 300 members of the IMN were slain by soldiers in 2015.

The soldiers accused them of blocking the road and plotting to slay the army chief, Tukur Buratai.

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The IMN group has long denied the army’s claims.

The protest by the Shiites occurred despite a ban on processions and rallies by governments and security officials of some of the states.

The protests took place in Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto, and Kano states as well as the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

There was also similar protest at the Nigerian embassy in Tehran, Iran.

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The federal government has refused to release Mr. El-Zakzaky despite a court order issued last December.

The Federal government had banned the group from holding or organizing protests across the country.