The trial of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, is expected to resume on Wednesday, November 7, in the city of Kaduna. The Kaduna State Police have reportedly restricted movements within the city throughout the day and issued a ban on all demonstrations. Traffic diversions have been put in place around the Kaduna High Court of Justice, i.e. on Independence Way, Bida Road, and all other roads leading to Ibrahim Taiwo Road.
Demonstrations by IMN supporters may take place despite the ban, with clashes between security forces and protesters likely.
Violent protests broke out in Abuja October 29-30, with IMN supporters demanding El-Zakzaky's release. At least 400 IMN supporters were arrested and several killed.
El-Zakzaky, a prominent Shi'a cleric, was arrested in December 2015 when soldiers raided his home in Zaria (Kaduna state), killing a number of IMN followers in the process. The Nigerian Federal High Court ordered El-Zakzaky's release in December 2016, but he has nevertheless remained in detention.
IMN protests occur on a regular basis, especially in Abuja, Kaduna, and Kano states, despite a ban on the group's activities.
Individuals in Abuja are advised to avoid all protests due to the risk of associated violence, plan alternative routes, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
On a separate note, the security environment in Nigeria is complex and is particularly challenging in the northeast and extreme south of the country due to the presence of armed groups, high crime rates, and the risk of kidnapping. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel to such areas.
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