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Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) storms NASS

Islamic Movement of Nigeria
  • Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) storms NASS

Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) storms NASS. The House of Representatives on Wednesday abruptly ended its sitting after the dominant officer publicized that opposing Shiites had collided into a gate of the National Assembly. The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun, said that the activists, members of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) crashed into the first gate of the National Assembly.

The development required the legislators to sharply adjourn their plenary which was on before the announcement. Members of the IMN have held regular protests to demand the freedom of their leader since December 2015. Their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, was detained along with his wife after soldiers killed hundreds of IMN members in Zaria, Kaduna State, between December 12 and 15, 2015. Some of Mr El-Zakzaky’s children were amongst those killed.

A judicial panel set up by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, found the military responsible in the butchery, endorsing a major-general for trial. The Nigerian government is yet to arraign anyone for the mass killings. At least 347 people were confirmed dead and given mass burial in Kaduna.The International Criminal Court is currently scrutinizing the December 2015 massacre. Other rights groups like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have also condemned the killings. Mr El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeena, are still being detained and are being prosecuted for their alleged roles in the killing of a soldier.

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