Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Shiites protest in Abuja held again today. They came out to demand the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaki.
The Shiite members who were seen around the Wuse market were shouting “free El-Zakzaki” as they headed towards the Berger bridge in Abuja.
The members, numbering over a hundred, including women were also seen carrying posters of Mr El-Zakzaki as they protested on the street, with onlookers watching the scene from a distance.
Mr El-Zakzaki was arrested in December, 2015, after a clash ensued between the sect and the Nigerian Army over right of way.
Following his arrest, Mr El-Zakzaki was in detention without trial for over two years before he was arraigned by the Kaduna State government.
Since the 2015 incident, the sect has continued protests to demand the release of its leader with many of such protests turning violent after clampdown by security forces.