The political activist described the anti-Shiite activities in Nigeria as part of a foreign plot hatched by the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia.
In early December 2016, Abuja division of the Federal High Court of Nigeria ruled that Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat should be released unconditionally.
Justice Gabriel Kolawole said the court had come to the conclusion that the Shiite cleric and his wife “have been kept against their desires, thereby resulting in the breach of their rights to liberty.” The judge also stated that he had ordered the “immediate release” of the two “because the family house in Zaria was destroyed between December 12 and December 14, 2015.”
The prominent cleric and his wife were taken into custody on December 14, 2015, after deadly clashes between the supporters of the IMN and Nigerian troops.
Nearly 350 members of the Shiite movement were killed in the clashes. The sheikh was brutally injured and his house was reportedly destroyed by the army in the incident.