ABUJA, Nigeria – A federal high court judge is ordering the release of Nigeria's detained Shiite leader and his wife, along with damages of 50 million naira ($167,000) and provision of a home to replace his bulldozed property.
Friday's ruling comes a year after a Dec. 12-14 attack in which Nigerian troops gunned down at least 348 Shiites, wounded scores and destroyed three compounds of the Shiite Islamic Movement in Nigeria headquarters in northern Zaria city. One soldier was killed.
Judge Gabriel Kolawole on Friday ordered Nigeria's Department of State Security intelligence agency, the police and justice minister to free Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenah, within 45 days.
Nigerian officials charge the Shiites are plotting a Boko Haram-type Islamic uprising but the group insists it is non-violent.