Shiite group protesters are currently on a three day protest at the National Assembly. This is to demand the immediate release of their leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
The protesters are mostly youths from the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) under the aegis of Save Zakzaky’s Life Group (SZLG)
The procession started at the Federal Secretariat and Eagle Square before moving to the gate of the National Assembly.
The protest was monitored by a combine team of the Nigeria Police and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
They carried placards with various inscriptions and chanting solidarity songs. They condemned the inhuman treatment meted to the members. They also demanded the prosecution of individuals who massacred their members in Zaria, Kaduna State.
The group spokesman, Bashir Mafara, told journalists during the protest that they would continue to sit at the entrance of the National Assembly and also engage in peaceful protests till their leader and others in detention are released.
He said the government had refused to arraign Zakzaky after nine months in detention. He laments his deteriorating health conditions and demanded his unconditional release as well as other members.