Presidential Investigation Panel: Hearing of IMN petition takes a new twist

The much expected taking of evidence from Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) in the case of the horrendous crimes committed by the Nigerian Army in Zaria in December of 2015 before the Presidential Investigation Panel in Abuja has assumed another dimension. It will be remembered that the Presidential Panel reserved taking of evidence from IMN leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and members concerning the case till the 30th October to 3rd November, 2017 in Abuja. The Panel also decided at its sitting in Kaduna that it would take the testimony of…

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Christians, others be prepared to be part of #ArbaeenTrekNigeria 🇳🇬 2017

The Arbaeen trek is a solemn walk undertaken exactly 40 days from the date that Imam Hussein, the grand son of the Prophet was brutally martyred in Karbala (now in Iraq). The Imam had set out for good leadership and justice, in opposition to tyranny and oppression of the time. He was met with a brutal force that gave him no choices beyond surrender in humiliation or be martyred. Imam Hussein chose to be honoured by martyrdom. Following that murder of Imam Hussein and over seventy of the children, grandchildren…

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Still looking for evidence that Nigerian Army carried out heinous crimes in Zaria?

Next week Monday, the Presidential Investigation Panel looking at human rights abuses committed by the Nigerian Army will resume sitting in Abuja. Among others, the Panel’s sheet of terms of reference states that the panel is expected “to investigate alleged acts of violation of International humanitarian and human rights laws under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), Geneva Convention Act, African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act and other relevant laws by the Armed Forces in local conflicts and insurgencies.” Although…

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Action Alert: Nigeria – Write to African Union to intervene in Sheikh Zakzaky case

Action Alert: Nigeria – * Have you written to demand African Union intervene in Zakzaky case? * Did you get any response on what you wrote earlier? If your answer to any of these questions is “No” 1. Write to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and demand they urgently intervene in this case and also highlight the possible additional crackdowns on the movement given the time of Arbaeen approaches. A model letter can be found below for your assistance. 2. If you received a response to the…

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All is set for the commencement of #ArbaeenTrekNigeria 🇳🇬 2017

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has completed all necessary arrangements for the commencement of the annual #ArbaeenTrekNigeria 🇳🇬 2017 This year’s event will kick off in the next few days in the zones as is the usual practice. This is coming on the back heel of a leaked security report suggesting that the murderous Nigerian authorities plan to sabotage the trek using various intimidating ways including spates of arbitrary arrests and the perennial use of violence. For two successive years, the trek was violently attacked along the Kano axis,…

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PRESS STATEMENT: Spurious Police attacks on Free Zakzaky protests in Kaduna and Sokoto are condemnable

Spurious Police attacks on Free Zakzaky protests in Kaduna and Sokoto are condemnable Last Sunday (22/10/17), peaceful Free Zakzaky processions were held in major towns and cities across Northern states calling on the Buhari administration to comply with the nearly one-year old federal high court ruling on the release of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky from illegal detention. Processions ended peacefully except in Kaduna and Sokoto where armed policemen attacked the peaceful marches. In Kaduna metropolis, a contingent of well armed policemen was drafted to the scene of the peaceful protest along…

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POLITICS Jonathan explodes, calls Buhari, APC government ‘failure’

Jonathan explodes, calls Buhari, APC government ‘failure’ The Media Office of former President Goodluck Jonathan has described the APC government of President Muhammadu Buhari as a failure. It said this while accusing the federal government and the Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media, Femi Adesina of peddling falsehood over claims that Nigerians did not protest the hike in fuel price by the Buhari government because they trusted the government. In his response to Adesina and the Nigerian government, over the claims, Jonathan’s Media Office said fear, not trust was…

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Sheikh Zakzaky to Testify in Camera before the Presidential Panel on Army, as Observers Berate Secret Hearings

Sheikh Zakzaky to Testify in Camera before the Presidential Panel on Army, as Observers Berate Secret Hearings The Presidential Investigation Panel on Compliance of The Armed Forces with Human Rights Obligations & Rules of Engagement has agreed to allow the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikhh Ibraheem Zakzaky to give an oral testimony in Abuja in camera. At the resumed sitting held in the Premises of the High Court of Kaduna State on the 18th of October 2017, the Petition filed by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN)…

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Reflection: The Independence or Otherwise of the Presidential Investigation Panel to be put to test today

The Independence or Otherwise of the Presidential Investigation Panel to be put to test today The Presidential Investigation Panel investigating cases of Military Rights abuses will have a reality check today with regards to its independence or otherwise when it entertains the Memorandum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN). A major challenge will be the specific request to make an oral presentation at the Panel by the leader of IMN, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky. Sheikh Zakzaky’s house was invaded in December 2015 by the Military without provocation, resulting in the…

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Islamic Movement appears before the Presidential Investigative Panel despite early warning signs that panel may not be fair

IMN is set to appear before the Presidential Investigative Panel despite early warning signs that panel may not be fair The Presidential Investigation Panel to investigate cases of Rights abuses by the Military has commenced sitting today Monday 16th October 2017 in Kaduna as scheduled. After an initial delay, which the Panel later explained was due to some logistics of securing adequate place to sit, the sitting went underway in the premises of the state High Court, Kaduna. There was the opening remarks by the Chairman of the Panel, Hon…

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