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Posted: 2018-01-25

The National Human Rights Commission has denied allegations that it kept quiet over the prolonged detention of the leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheik Ibrahim El-zakzaky saying it has made recommendations to the appropriate authorities.

This revelation was made by the Director, Legal Services and Enforcement of the Commission, Mr. Olaniyi Omodara while addressing members of the IMN who were on protest at the headquarters of the Commission to demand for unconditional release of their leader.

Mr. Omodara stated that the Commission had always given their request adequate and prompt attention and that several recommendations had been made to the appropriate authorities in relation to their complaints. He said "each time you bring your complaints, we address it in line with the law setting up the Commission and our standing order and rules of procedure, we send these recommendations to the appropriate authorities".

The Director further stated that the media broadcast of Sheik El-zakzaky was an indication that "he is alive and that the Commission will continue to do all that is within its powers to ensure that the proper thing is done".

While noting that the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended has guaranteed the protesters the rights to peaceful assembly and association, he urged them to protest peacefully within the ambits of the law.

The leader of the protest group which consists of only women, Hajiya Juwairiya Idris who submitted a written complaint to the Commission, appealed to the Federal Government to release their leader in the interest of justice and equity.

Hajiya Juwairiya also urged the Commission to look into the case of police brutality and other inhuman treatment meted on some of their members which she said led to the death of two of them during a recent peaceful protest at Area 1 district in Abuja.

Sheik El-zakzaky's detention since 2015 has constantly brought members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria to the premises of the NHRC in protest to demand for his release.


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The Executive Secretary at the United Nations Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

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