A pro-Iranian Shiite group in Nigeria has announced that it is temporarily suspending street protests to demand the release of its leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been in detention since 2015.
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria’s (IMN) announcement comes days after the government banned it, accusing of it of causing violence – an allegation the group denies.
In a statement, the IMN said it was suspending street protests in “good faith out of respect for some eminent people and groups” who had intervened to try and resolve the crisis over the “illegal” detention of Sheikh Zakzaky.
He was arrested nearly four years ago after the army accused his followers of attempting to assassinate the chief of army staff. The IMN denied the allegation.