Falana kicks as court proscribes IMN

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A federal High court judge has banned the activities of Shiite group, IMN.

Judge Nkeonye Maha said the group’s activities may be considered an act of “terrorism and illegality.

Several people have been killed in the recent confrontations, including a police officer, a journalist and demonstrators.

The police and the Shiite group, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, have clashed regularly amid demands that the government release IMN’s leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who has been in detention since 2015.

Meanwhile, Femi Falana, lawyer to the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has condemned the action of the Federal Government to proscribe the Shiite group.

In a statement released on Saturday, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria and human rights activist described the proscription as ‘immoral and illegal’.

He believes that the order is particularly opportunistic on the part of the Sunnis occupying public offices to use the instrumentality of the state to liquidate the Shiites.

Falana noted that the IMN was proscribed by the Kaduna State government in 2016, just like the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was proscribed in 2017.

He added that the groups have continued to operate in defiance of the proscription orders.

He says the constitution guarantees the fundamental right of the Shiites to freedom of religion, and asked the government to withdraw the proscription order.




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