Clashes Erupt at Mass ‘Free Zakzaky’ Rally in Nigeria (+Video)
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Clashes occurred between the police and protesters demanding the release of Islamic Movement in Nigeria’s (IMN) leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife outside the Nigerian Parliament in Abuja on Tuesday.
According to reports, the National Assembly was on lockdown after shots were fired during the confrontation between the police and protesters.
The IMN reported that at least two protesters were killed.
Sheikh Zakzaky has been in detention for nearly four years.
The Shiite leader has been imprisoned at an unknown location without charge since he was detained by security forces in 2015 after the Nigerian army carried out a raid on his residence in the northern town of Zaria during which he lost his left eyesight.
Back in 2016, Nigeria’s federal high court ordered his unconditional release from jail following a trial but the government has so far refused to set him free.