Nigerians stage protest to demand release of Zakzaky

Nigerian people have once again taken to the streets of the capital, Abuja, to demand the immediate release of ailing Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky, a day after security forces killed two of his supporters.

Zakzaky’s supporters staged a rally on Wednesday in defiance of the crackdown against them.

The protesters were carrying banners showing pictures of the cleric as well as people who lost their lives at the hands of government forces.

On Tuesday, security forces killed two protesters, who were members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), which is headed by Zakzaky.

Clashes erupted outside the National Assembly as protesters gathered there and then sought to enter the parliament to register a demand for the cleric’s release. Forty people were also arrested during the rally.

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