Shi’ites resume protest in Abuja, demand release of El-Zakzaky’s passport

Shi’ite has again stormed the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja asking the President Muhammadu Buhari to lift the travel ban placed on the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.

The protesters who besieged the nation’s capital on Thursday, March 30, 2023, demanded the release of the International passports of El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Malama Zeenah, for a medical trip.

A Federal High Court in Abuja earlier Thursday, had rejected an application filed by Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, asking the Department of State Services to release his passport and that of his wife.

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Delivering the judgement, Justice Obiora Egwuatu, ruled that the Islamic cleric failed to prove that his passport was missing, despite the 10 exhibits provided by his lawyers, to prove that the DSS took the passports away, after his return from India in 2018.

The protesters were seen holding banners and placards that read, “Buhari must remove the travel ban on Sheikh El-Zakzaky.”

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There have also been unconfirmed reports of shootings at the protests.

The IMN leader was arrested in Zaria, Kaduna State in December 2015. He was arrested after his followers attacked the convoy of former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, and a riot broke out.

Following his arrest, an Abuja Federal High Court had ordered his release, but the government has refused to comply.

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