Nigeria must investigate disappearances of 600 members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Amnesty International [AI] on Wednesday called on Nigerian authorities to investigate unexplained disappearances, as the rights group highlighted the Islamic Movement of Nigeria [IMN] as it reported that 600 of its members are missing.

"Amnesty International is calling on the Nigerian authorities to investigate all cases of enforced disappearances and bring all those suspected of criminal responsibility to justice," the group said in a statement.

"According to figures provided by the IMN, at least 600 of their members' whereabouts is not known."

More than 350 IMN followers, led by prominent Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, were martyred in a heavy military crackdown in the northern town of Zaria in December 2015.

Sheikh Zakzaky, who was shot and injured leaving him partly paralyzed and blind in one eye, remains in protective custody, according to the military.

He has repeatedly been imprisoned for alleged incitement and subversion.

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