3. Islamic cleric Zakzaky, wife transferred to Kaduna prison
Islamic cleric Zakzaky, wife transferred to Kaduna prison

Islamic cleric Zakzaky, wife transferred to Kaduna prison

Nigerian authorities transfer top Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, and his wife to Kaduna prison, where many prisoners have so far died due to lack of medical attention.


According to the reports, a High Court ordered the Department of State Services to transfer the cleric and his wife to the Correctional Center in Kaduna state, northwest of Nigeria on Thursday.

On Friday 25 July 2014, the Nigerian Army fatally shot 35 followers of Ibrahim Zakzaky, including three of his sons, after a pro-Palestinian procession in Zaria.

Sheikh al-Zakzaky was injured and arrested along with his wife, in the 2015 Zaria massacre, in which three of his remaining sons, as well as hundreds of his followers, were killed by the Nigerian Army.

According to the judgment of the high court of Nigeria on 2 December 2016, Ibrahim Yaqoub El Zakzaky was ordered to be released from Department of State Services detention into police custody within 45 days. El Zakzaky and his wife were to be paid the sum of 50 million Naira ($164,052) in compensation. The judge announced that the justification of "holding him for his own protection" is not sufficient.

On January 16, 2017, Amnesty International demanded that the "Nigerian authorities must immediately comply with a High Court order and release Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife from detention.

On January 13, 2018, Zakzaky, detained at an unknown location without charges since December 2015, made a short public appearance, his first in two years, being allowed to see his doctor.



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