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IMN Vs FG: Shiites Fix Date To File Case Against Proscription

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites, will present on Thursday (today) a case challenging its ban by the administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The last movement of the Shiite group was announced by human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN). Falana told The Punch that some Shiite leaders had asked their law firm to challenge the ban order in court.

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The constitutional lawyer revealed that the lawsuit would be filed before the Federal Superior Court in Abuja on Thursday.

“They (referring to the Shiite leaders) consulted us and reached an agreement with us to suspend the protests in defiance of legal action, which they ordered us to take.

“I can tell you that the lawsuit will be filed tomorrow (today),” he said. GISTOK reports that the federal government led by President Buhari had published in its Official Gazette the court order banning the IMN.

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Recall that the federal government obtained last Friday the court order necessary to outlaw the IMN as a terrorist group.

The ex parte application marked FHC / ABJ / CS / 876/2019 was filed in the name of the “Attorney General of the Federation” before the court on Thursday.

The matter was discussed on behalf of the government by the Attorney General of the Federation and the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr. Dayo Apata. However, the group had no representatives in court on Friday.

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Judge 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.”

She ordered the Federal Government to publish the order in its gazette and also in two national newspapers.