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El-Zakzaky bail hearing: Major Kaduna road empty as Police mount barricades

Major roads in Kaduna appear empty of human and vehicular movements as Police anti-riot vehicle was stationed along the Ahmadu Bello Way, preparatory to the hearing of bail application of leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (aka, Shi’ites), Sheikh Ibrahim El-ZakZaky; and his wife, Zeenat. The couple had been in detention since 2015.

They had jointly applied for bail and their hearing has been fixed for Monday. Our Correspondent reports that Ahmadu Bello Way was devoid of activities because El-Zakzaky is expected to appear in court. Security agents had warned against any protests by anyone or group of persons on account of the Islamic cleric leader’s court appearance.They also encouraged residents to go about their daily activities peacefully.

Ibrahim Yaqoub El Zakzaky (alternately Ibraheem Zakzaky; Ibrahim Al-Zakzaky) (born May 5, 1953) is an outspoken and prominent Shi'a Muslim cleric in Nigeria.He is the head of Nigeria's Islamic Movement, a movement that he founded in the late 1970s, when he was a student at Ahmadu Bello University, and began propagating Shia Islamaround 1979, at the time of the Iranian revolution—which saw Iran’s monarchy overthrown and replaced with an Islamic republic under Ayatollah Khomeini.

Zakzaky believed that the establishment of a republic along similar religious lines in Nigeria would be feasible. He has been detained several times due to accusations of civil disobedience or recalcitrance under military regimes in Nigeria during the 1980s and 1990s, and is still viewed with suspicion or as a threat by Nigerian authorities. In December 2015, the Nigerian Army raided his residence in Zaria, seriously injured him, and killed hundreds of his followers; since then, he has remained under state detention in the nation's capital pending his release, which was ordered in late 2016.

Ibraheem Zakzaky is the primary figure and spiritual leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (formerly: Muslim Brothers), Africa’s most prominent Shi'a Muslim movement. Of Nigeria’s 180 million population, around 50 percent are Muslim, a small minority of which belong to Shi'a Islam. According to Nnamdi Obasi, Senior Analyst on Nigeria at the International Crisis Group (ICG), the IMN’s goals are twofold: “to ensure more stringent application of Islamic legal and administrative systems then ultimately to create an Islamic state in Nigeria.

”Dr Iqbal Siddiqui described El-Zakzaky as "the de facto leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria". Zeenah Ibraheem, the wife of the revered leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, some say, is a woman of virtue who  cares about the dignity and wellbeing of women in general, she is a woman who so much care about children to the extent that she sacrifices all what she have just to see children live in a better life, this is not a new thing to people who know Zeenah Ibraheem. She is a Yoruba Woman by tribe but never for once been carried away by elements of tribal sentiment, all what she cares is serving her Creator Allah to be best of her ability, kindness to children and sympathizing with the oppressed people wherever they are.

This elderly woman it was gathered, was shot twice by the Nigerian Army in her belly, dragged in blood after killing six of her male children in cold blood, her husband Shaikh Zakzaky (H) was shot several times before being abducted and finally the house was burned with people inside including the biological sister of Shaikh Zakzaky, Hajiya Fatima Ya’aqub and later, the house was demolished  completely by Kaduna state Government under the executive governor of the state , Nasir El-Rufa’I . And the reason for all these atrocities was “road blockage” in a certain place far away from the house of Shaikh Zakzaky (a reporter says). One of Zeenah's supporters has this to say "Zeenah Ibraheem is a strong and God fearing Woman, courageous and generous, She Must be freed". We do wish them a fair hearing and pray that Justice prevails.

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