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Prosecute Soldiers for Using Force on Shiites; Human Rights Watch Urges Government

Prosecute Soldiers for Using Force on Shiites; Human Rights Watch Urges Government

The Human Rights Watch has called on the government to prosecute the army for its use of excessive force against Shiite Muslim protesters which led to the death of over 40 persons in three days of protests in Abuja. However, the army also recorded just 6 deaths, and maintained that its action was only in self- defense against the protesters. The HRW added that continuous repression of the IMN by the government would lead to serious security repercussions for the country, and thus a speedy resolution must be sought.

Sheik Ibrahim Zakzaky leader of the IMN has been in incarceration for close to two years, with the government continuously disobeying court orders to release him. The HRW warned that targeting of the IMN risked radicalizing the group in the same way as Boko Haram.

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