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Children, Nursing Mother Among Those Arrested For Free Zakzaky Protest In Abuja

Young children and at least a nursing mother were among the over 200 members of the Islamic Movement arrested by the police in Abuja last week for exercising their rights to peaceful assembly and protest, as they engaged in free Zakzaky protest.

They were variously arrested between Monday 16th and Friday 20th April, 2018 in Abuja as they protested the continued detention of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, despite a valid court order for his release.

On Monday (16/4/2018), a total of 115 were arrested comprising of 101 men and 14 women including some minors, both boys and girls.

An additional 20 persons were arrested on Tuesday 17th April, 2018 to bring the total to 135 in the first two days of the protests.

A further 80 people were arrested on Wednesday and Thursday (18th and 19th April, 2018).

All the arrested including the minors and women were variously charged to some magistrate courts in Abuja in groups of between 20s and 28s and remanded in various prisons in and around the federal capital territory (FCT), including Keffi (Nassarawa state) and Suleja (Niger state).

The sundry charges include criminal conspiracy, joint acts, unlawful assembly, rioting and assaulting or obstructing public servants. Others were voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servants from duty, Mischief and disturbance of public peace.

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