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Detained protesters denied medical care

AI-Index: AFR 44/0906/2019

At least 15 members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) including two children are suffering from gunshot wounds and need urgent medical attention. The IMN members were injured when police used tear gas and live ammunition to disperse a peaceful protest they were participating in. They have been denied access to medical care and to their lawyers or family members since their arrest on 22 July.


The IMN is a Shi’a religious and political organization whose leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Yaqub El-Zakzaky, has been a proponent of Shi’a Islam in Nigeria since the 1980s. Between 12 and 14 December 2015, according to Amnesty International’s research, more than 350 IMN members were killed by security forces in Zaria, Kaduna State.

Since the Zaria massacre of 2015, the Nigerian security forces have consistently used excessive force to clampdown on unarmed IMN protestors. On 31 October 2018, an investigation by Amnesty International showed that the horrific use of excessive force by soldiers and police led to the killing of at least 45 supporters of IMN demonstrations over two days, as the Shi’a Muslim group held a peaceful religious procession around Abuja. They were demanding for the release of Sheikh Ibraheem El Zakzaky, whose detention was described by a federal court in December 2016 as unlawful and unconstitutional.

In recent days, members of IMN have been holding daily peaceful protests in Abuja, the Federal capital calling for the release of Sheikh Ibraheem El Zakzaky who remains in detention and in need of medical attention.

The Nigerian authorities has not held anyone accountable for the extrajudicial execution of the unarmed IMN protestors which emboldens security officials to act more with impunity.

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