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Zakzaky’s daughter speaks as parents spend over 2000 days in detention

The daughter of the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky has called on the Nigerian government to release their parents who have so far spent over 2000 days in detention.

Suhaila Ibraheem Zakzaky said in an interview with the BBC Hausa that their biggest wish is to have their parents released so that they can continue living together as a family.

Zakzaky and his wife Malama Zeenat marked exactly 2000 days in detention last Thursday since their arrest in December 2015 from their base in Zaria, Kaduna State.

Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat. They are not dead
Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat

“Our biggest wish is to see them released. This is because they have released all the people being held over the same charge for lack of evidence against them.

“So why should they remain in detention over the same charge?” Suhaila asked.

She added that it has reached a stage where they are not allowed to see their parents regularly as they used to do in the recent past.

Suhaila also alleged that her parents are both living with bullet fragments in their bodies and they are not being given the attention they need.

“Our lives within this period have been very difficult, because separating parents from their children, stopping them from meeting when they want is certainly traumatic,” she said.

IMN is the biggest Shiite group in Nigeria.

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