Nigeria Shia Group Suspends Protests

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Nigeria Shia Group Suspends Protests
Nigeria Shia Group Suspends Protests

A pro-Iranian Shia group in Nigeria has announced that it is temporarily halting street protests to demand the release of its leader Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, who has been in detention since 2015.

The announcement by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) comes days after the government banned it, accusing of it of being violent – an allegation the group denies.

In a statement, the IMN said it was suspending street protests in “good faith out of respect for some eminent people and groups” who had intervened to try and resolve the crisis over the “illegal” detention of Sheikh Zakzaky.

The IMN also said it would challenge the government’s decision to ban it in court.

Sheikh Zakzaky was arrested nearly four years ago after the army accused his followers of
attempting to assassinate the chief of army staff. The IMN denied the allegation.

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