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Police disrupt Concerned Nigerians’ Zakzaky rally

A rally for the release of the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky was Tuesday disrupted by the Nigeria Police, a…

A rally for the release of the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky was Tuesday disrupted by the Nigeria Police, a statement from the Concerned Nigerians group said.

In the statement signed by the conveners, Deji Adeyanju and Dr. John Danfulani, the group said the rally was to pressure the Federal Government to comply with the order of Justice Gabriel Kolawole for the release of Zakzaky and his wife, Hajia Zeenah from their 485 day detention.

The group said the rally was peaceful until it was disrupted by the police with water cannons, dogs and tear gas.

“This violent interruption is reprehensible, condemnable & constitutes a violation of our rights to lawful assembly as enshrined in the 1999 constitution,” they said.

“Until the interruption, people who attended the gathering had conducted themselves impeccably, lawfully and peacefully.”

“We are not deterred by these illegal & unconstitutional actions by a government that understands violence and force as its only dispute resolution mechanism. Indeed, everything looks like a nail to a government who only possesses a hammer.

“We will once again announce the date & venue to continue our agitations. And on the said date, we will again gather in exercise of our constitutional rights & freedoms,” they added.

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