LONDON (IHRC) -- Police have shot and killed two protestors in the Nigerian capital demonstrating against the continued detention of Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky and his wife Mallima Zeenah after their trial was adjourned again Tuesday.
Reports from the Maitama district of Abuja say there are many wounded. Peaceful protests broke out Monday in response to the revelation that Zeenah had contracted Covid-19 whilst in police custody. They continued into today as the Kaduna State Court adjourned the trial of the couple until March.
The pair are charged in relation to the killing of a security official
in the massacre by the country’s armed forces of over 1000 of the Islamic Movement’s supporters in Zaria in 2015 in what is widely regarded as a witch-hunt against the movement’s leaders.
Despite the fact that over 1000 innocent supporters of the Islamic Movement were butchered in the Zaria attacks, not a single official has been charged or brought to trial over the killings. The massacre is currently the subject of a preliminary investigation by the International Criminal Court.