Business activities and transportation was ground in Kaduna metropolis and its environs on Wednesday, during protest by Shi’ites under the auspices of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) requests the Federal Government to promptly release their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who had spent over 600 days in detention.
The protesters barricaded all the major highways in Kaduna metropolis chanting “Free El-Zakzaky, we demand justice, we are Nigerians”, “Release El-Zakzaky or kill us all.”
Commuters had to walk to their various destinations, as buses and taxis were not in sight.
Spokesperson for the protesters, Mallam Nuhu Mafara, said they came out en masse to demand the unconditional release of their leader who had been in detention for 612 days.
Meanwhile, the press release signed by one of the group’s top member, Sheikh Abdulhamid Bello, issued to journalists stated: “While there are known figures in Nigeria today agitating for the break-up of the country, with some even issuing ultimatum to the government, here is Sheikh Zakzaky, who never committed any treasonable offence languishing in jail.
“We will not rest on our oars until justice is done to the most oppressed Shiekh of our time, Sheikh El-zakzaky,” Bello said.