Nov 14, 2019 16:51 UTC
  • One killed as Nigerian forces open fire on Sheikh Zakzaky supporters

At least one person has been killed and several others injured after Nigerian police used live ammunition to break up a religious gathering by supporters of senior cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky.

The casualties were caused after police started shooting at dozens of supporters of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), who took part in a religious procession to celebrate the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad in Zaria town of northern Kaduna State.

Local media reports quoting witnesses said police assaulted participants in an unprovoked attack and randomly opened fire at them.

IMN holds annual processions on the anniversary in an effort to lay the ground for stronger unity and solidarity among Muslims and provide solutions for their problems.

Nigeria has been cracking down on the IMN for several years.

Sheikh Zakzaky has been in detention since December 2015 after his home in Zaria was brutally raided by Nigerian forces, during which he was beaten and lost his left eye.

Meanwhile, a number of organizations concerned about the deteriorating human rights situation in Nigeria were set to hold a demonstration in London on Thursday.

The London-based the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) would urge the international community to hold Nigerian President Bukhari accountable for the ongoing persecution of the IMN and its leaders.

The demonstrators were to call on Bukhari to abide by court orders, stop killing innocent people and release those who are being unlawfully detained.