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El-Zakzaky: IMN takes new action after proscription, gives reasons

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, revealed Wednesday that its members are “temporarily” suspending the regular street protest, calling for the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

IMN explained that the suspension of its street protests was “to allow some new openings in the resolution of the problems, especially the judicial case instituted by our lawyers in the ban order issued by the federal government this week.”

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Recall that the Federal Government had obtained a court order last week to outlaw the Shiite group. A Federal Superior Court of Abuja on Friday ordered the proscription of IMN, after its confrontations with security agents.

The court led by Judge Nkeonye Maha designated the activities of the IMN organization in any part of Nigeria “as acts of terrorism and illegality.”

In this context, the police inspector general, Mohammed Adamu, had reaffirmed the IMN ban yesterday.

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However, the president of the Media Forum group, Ibrahim Musa, expressed his hope that the issue related to El-Zakzaky’s detention would be resolved amicably.

In a statement he signed and sent to GISTOK  Musa said: ‘He has taken this step in good faith out of respect for some eminent people and groups, whose contribution in solving the problems seems genuine and we sincerely hope a friendly way could be found to Resolve the crises surrounding the illegal detention of our leader for almost four years.

“If protests occur anywhere in the country, it is possible that this notice has not reached those in the field or that this message is misunderstood or that some security agents are behind it as they have been doing in an attempt to stain our image and be seen as rebellious people instead of victims of wild oppression since 2015.

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“The Islamic Movement wishes to thank the national and international civil rights activists and organizations that have been busy demanding the protection of our fundamental human rights enshrined in the constitution.

“We also thank the press, both national and international, and social media activists for the full coverage of our activities during the fight for justice.

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“We are committed to exploring the new openings we have seen to solve this prolonged problem. Therefore, we reiterate our demand that our leader, his wife, and several other detainees be denied their freedom since 2015.”