Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky

Sheikh Ibraheem is the leading force behind the most influential Shia movement in Nigeria and heads its Islamic Movement. The movement has witnessed rapid growth and is based on the model of Hezbollah, focusing on social services, education, charity, etc, but also including military training. In December 2015, the Nigerian Army raided his residence in Zaria, massacred hundreds of his followers, and held him under state detention. A year later, he was ordered to be released from detention to police custody and paid 50 million naira in compensation.

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