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Shi’ite Protesters Storm Abuja, Demand Release Of El-Zakzaky’s Passport

Shi’ite protesters have stormed the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, demanding that President Muhammadu Buhari lifts the travel ban on the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky. 

The protesters, believed to be followers of the Shi’ite leader, demanded the release of the International passports of El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Malama Zeenah, to enable them embark on a medical trip. 

A Federal High Court in Abuja earlier on Thursday had rejected an application filed by Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, asking the Department of State Services to release his passport and that of his wife.

Justice Obiora Egwuatu ruled that the Islamic cleric failed to prove that his passport was missing, despite the 10 exhibits provided by his lawyers, to prove that the DSS took the passports away, after his return from India in 2018.

The protesters were seen holding banners and placards that read, “Buhari must remove the travel ban on Sheikh El-Zakzaky”, “Shaik Zakzaky, wife have right to medical treatment overseas.”

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