Court Proscribes Shiite; Declares It Terrorist Group

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted the federal government’s request for the proscription of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN.

According to Sahara Reporters, the court gave the order that the group be proscribed, following an ex parte application by the federal government on Thursday.

El-Zakzaky
Shiites leader, El-Zakzaky

Justice Nkeonye Maha issued the order in a ruling in which she also designated the activities of the Shiite organization in any part of Nigeria “as acts of terrorism and illegality.”

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The court restrained “any person or group of persons” from participating in any form of activities involving or concerning the IMN “under any name or platform” in Nigeria.

To complete the process of the proscription of the group, the court ordered the Attorney-General of the Federation “to publish the order proscribing the respondent (Islamic Movement in Nigeria) in the official gazette and two national dailies.”

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