Panic, unrest rocks Abuja as Shi’ites protest release of El-Zakzaky’s passport

Panic, unrest rocks Abuja as Shi’ites protest release of El-Zakzaky’s passport

  • Disciples of a popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, have hit the streets of FCT to protest
  • The protest was reported to have been a strong agitation against President Muhammadu Buhari
  • The protesters demanded that President Buhari should order the immediate release of El-Zakzaky's travelling passport

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FCT, Abuja - Emerging reports have confirmed that Shi’ite protesters flooded the Federal Capital Territory metropolis to agitate against President Muhammadu Buhari.

As reported by the Punch Newspaper on Thursday, March 30, the angry protesters were chanting and demanding that President Buhari release the international passport of their leader Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.

Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky
The popular Shi'ite leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky was detained alongside his wife for several months by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Photo: Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky
Source: Facebook

They want El-Zakzaky to travel out of the country for proper medical check-ups after spending several months in detention.

It was gathered an application brought before Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Abuja Federal High Court for his trip abroad for medical attention was ruled out by the court.

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According to the court’s position, El-Zakzaky could not prove that his passport was in possession of the Department of State Services (DSS), as claimed by his legal team.

Further reports confirmed that El-Zakzaky’s legal team tendered ten exhibits, but it was not enough evidence to bring the DSS to book.

Some of his supporters who protested the ruling were seen with banners and placards with the inscription:

“Buhari must remove the travel ban on Sheikh El-Zakzaky.”

Meanwhile, reports of shootings at the protests were speculated but yet to be confirmed as of the time of drafting this report.

Unconfirmed Number of Persons Feared Killed as Shi’ites Attack El-Rufai’s Convoy

In another development, the convoy of the Kaduna state governor was attacked on Thursday, March 16, following a clash between some Shi'ites and his security detail.

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The attack on Governor Nasir El-Rufai's convoy has reportedly led to the death of an unspecified number of persons in the state.

Meanwhile, sources claim the governor's convoy ran into the IMN members who were protesting and demanding the release of Sheikh Ibrahim El- Zakzaky.

2023 Presidency: El-Zakzaky Speaks on Endorsing Peter Obi

Meanwhile, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has debunked claims that he has endorsed Peter Obi.

However, El-Zakzaky noted that some presidential candidates approached him so that he can endorse them.

The well-known Muslim called on the public to ignore the viral reports and described them as falsehoods.


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Segun Adeyemi (Current Affairs and Politics Editor) Segun Adeyemi is a journalist with over 9 years of experience as an active field reporter, editor, and editorial manager. He has had stints with Daily Trust newspaper, Daily Nigerian, and News Digest. He currently works as an editor for's current affairs and politics desk. He holds a degree in Mass Communication (Adekunle Ajasin University). He is a certified digital reporter by Reuters, AFP and the co-convener of the annual campus journalism awards. Email:

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