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Shiite Members Raise Alarm Over Deteriorating Health of El-Zakzaky In Detention, Protest In Abuja

Members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) has raised an alarm over the deteriorating health of their leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and uncooperative stance of the Department of State Service (DSS) to allow him to seek medical treatment.

The group made this revelation during a protest at the National Human Rights Commission ( NHRC ) in Abuja to demand an unconditional release of their spiritual leader.

According to the coordinator of the movement, Mallama Juwairiyya stated that the health condition of their leader is getting worse day by day adding that the security operatives holding him have prevented family members from bringing a medical personnel to treat him.

She called on the international community to prevail on the Nigeria government to allow him to attend to his health.

She accused President Mohammed Buhari led government of high handedness and insensitivity, adding that it is a travesty of justice to detain a victim illegally while the perpetrators walk free in the streets.

"It is quite unconstitutional and it severely tramples upon the fundamental rights of the victim.

The sister's forum of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately and unconditionally release the leader of the movement from the detention he has been illegally held in for more than 700 days now as ordered by the court," Juwairiyya stated.

The protesters who are women and children wielding placards were singing anti-government songs while some of them wept profusely.

The group also condemned the clampdown by the police when the members of the movement were teargassed and injured during their peaceful protest last week.

"Some days back a combined security operatives teargassed and fired live bullets at our members in Abuja and Kano and the victims include; Hussaina Nalado ( civil engineering student of Bayero University ) who was killed by Nigerian police in Kano," she added.

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