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El-Zakzaky: Court Declares Shiite (IMN) 'Terrorist Group' by Levant: 4:52am On Jul 27, 2019
The Federal Government has obtained a court order to proscribe the Shiites’ organisation formally referred to as the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday ordered the proscription of the Shiites’ movement as protests by the Islamic organisation rock Abuja.

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


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.”

The judge gave the order following an ex parte application by the Federal Government.


A copy of the ex parte application marked FHC/ABJ/CS/876/2019 which was sighted by Saturday PUNCH on Friday, was filed in the name of the ‘Attorney-General of the Federation.’

Justice Maha granted the four prayers contained in the application shortly after the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr Dayo Apata, argued the application on Friday.

The IMN was the sole respondent to the application but the group was not represented by a lawyer on Friday since it was an ex parte hearing.


Ruling on Friday, the court made “a declaration that the activities of the respondent (Islamic Movement in Nigeria) in any part of Nigeria amounts to acts of terrorism and illegality.”

The court said, “An order of this honourable court proscribing the existence and activities of the respondent (Islamic Movement in Nigeria) in any part of Nigeria, under whatever form or guise either in groups or as individuals by whatever names they are called.

“An order restraining any person or group of persons from participating in any manner whatsoever in any form of activities involving or concerning the prosecution of the collective intention or otherwise of the respondent (Islamic Movement in Nigeria) under any other name or platform howsoever called or described in any part of Nigeria.

“An order directing the applicant (the AGF) to publish the order proscribing the respondent (Islamic Movement in Nigeria) in the official gazette and two national dailies.”


The Federal Government had filed the application before the court on Thursday, barely 72 hours after a protest by members of the group in Abuja led to a bloody clash between them and the police.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, Federal Capital Territory Command, Usman Umar, and a Channels Television journalist, Precious Owolabi, died in the clash with many others injured and property destroyed.

The Shiites have for over two years been regularly taking to the streets particularly in Abuja to demand the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat.


The couple has been in the custody of the Department of State Services since December 2015 after a bloody clash between members of the group and soldiers in the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, in Zaria, Kaduna State.

In the application for the proscription of the group, the Federal Government accused the group of carrying out coordinated violent protests in the country.

It alleged that the “aggressive activities” of members of the group had led to the loss of lives and destruction of private and public property in the Federal Capital Territory and other cities in northern Nigeria.


The Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations in the FCT Command, Nyinnaya Adiogu, who deposed to the affidavit filed in support of the application, also alleged that the Shiites engaged in series of illegal activities, “which are inimical to the corporate interest of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Such activities, according to Adiogu, who said he was briefed by the Inspector-General of Police and the Solicitor-General of the Federation included setting up of a para-military guard called ‘HURRAS’.


The group was also accused of “nefarious activities”, murder, attacks on security agents and provocative preaching and hate speeches while working towards an agenda of creating an Islamic State in Nigeria.

The affidavit, which highlighted what it described as “series of violent and unlawful activities” of the group since 1991, stated that the activities of the IMN members under the guise of clamouring for the release of their leader had not only heightened tension and insecurity in the country but also earned the country negative rating globally.


The affidavit stated in part, “On July 22, 2019, the respondent’s members again launched another vicious cycle of violent protests around the Federal Secretariat (Abuja), during which they set a sub-station/Ambulance Bay of the National Emergency Management Agency, containing a truck and an ambulance on fire.

“A Deputy Commissioner of Police, Usman Umar, in charge of Operations in the FCT; a national youth corps member by the name of Precious Owolabi, reporting for Channels TV and others were killed by the protesters. (Copies of media reports by The Nation, Daily Trust, Leadership, Punch and The Sun newspapers dated July 23, 2019, on this incident are attached herewith and marked as Exhibit FGN 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D and 4E).

We won’t abandon our religion –Shiites

However, the spokesperson for the group, Ibrahim Musa, said the government could not proscribe the movement, pointing out that its members were Muslims practising Islam as “revealed” by Prophet Muhammed.

He said the group was neither an association nor a political party that could be proscribed by fiat.

Musa, who spoke to Saturday PUNCH on Friday, noted that the IMN was a mass movement and could not be made to abandon its religion just like that.

Musa said, “Firstly, we are not an organisation or association or a political party that can be proscribed by fiat.

“We are Muslims practising Islam as revealed to Prophet Muhammed under the leadership of his family. Ours is a mass movement, hence we can’t abandon our religion just like that.

“We don’t bear arms, we don’t force others to join us, we are just demanding justice within the ambit of the law, therefore, proscribing us won’t work.


“We can’t say this is what we will do if we are proscribed, because it just won’t work. We are in each and every facet of life like other citizens.”

Three of our members died in police custody, Shiites claim

The IMN also said three of its members who were shot and held in police custody had died.

The sect explained that the deceased were arrested during Monday clash between its members and the police during which about 13 persons, including a deputy commissioner of police, died in Abuja.

The President, Media Forum of IMN, Musa, in a statement in Abuja on Friday, said the three detainees died as a result of bullet wounds they sustained during the incident.

The Federal Capital Territory police spokesman, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, could not be reached for comments as calls to his phone rang out. He had yet to reply to a text message as of the time of filing this report.

FG, IMN may explore truce as negotiator meets El-Zakzaky

Meanwhile, the Federal Government may have begun moves to negotiate with the IMN in order to end the sect’s violent agitations for the release of its leader, El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat.

However, the development had yet to be independently verified as of the time of filing this report on Friday

A senior IMN member, Abdulrahman Abubakar, who confirmed the development on Friday, said the movement was waiting for the government to set up a committee that would negotiate with the Shiite members.


Abubakar, who is the coordinator, Free El-Zakzaky Campaign, explained that the representative of the European country handling the negotiations had met with El-Zakzaky in custody to hear from him.

Also, other sources said the Federal Government might have opened talks with the IMN to stop their protests against the continued detention of their leader.

Sources at the Nigerian Army Guards Brigade, Abuja, told our correspondent that the FG was not happy with the protests, which turned violent.

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Re: El-Zakzaky: Court Declares Shiite (IMN) 'Terrorist Group' by janey1984: 5:00am On Jul 27, 2019
It Don happen
I pray thy see what they are asking for.
I only pity innocent fellows that would be unfortunate to be caught by cross fire.
Nigeria can proudly host as headquarters to 4 of the most deadliest terrorist group in the world.
1.Book Haram
2.ISWA
3.FULANI HERDSMEN
4.IMN

ITS A GOALLL
Levant:
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Re: El-Zakzaky: Court Declares Shiite (IMN) 'Terrorist Group' by InaNla(f): 5:08am On Jul 27, 2019
Next Level terrorism fully loaded

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Re: El-Zakzaky: Court Declares Shiite (IMN) 'Terrorist Group' by Amazingman(m): 5:15am On Jul 27, 2019
Nairalanders and link opening news.

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Re: El-Zakzaky: Court Declares Shiite (IMN) 'Terrorist Group' by Uteghe(m): 5:16am On Jul 27, 2019
Why did FG wait this long? BTW,I keep wondering why the Shiites treatment was not meted to IPOB. FG destroyed Shiites base but left IPOB's headquarters in Afara standing.

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Re: El-Zakzaky: Court Declares Shiite (IMN) 'Terrorist Group' by adioolayi(m): 5:17am On Jul 27, 2019
https://punchng.com/court-declares-shiites-movement-terrorist-group/

Now they've got what they wanted...let's see how it goes. I support FG on this

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Re: El-Zakzaky: Court Declares Shiite (IMN) 'Terrorist Group' by Levant: 5:29am On Jul 27, 2019
adioolayi:
https://punchng.com/court-declares-shiites-movement-terrorist-group/


Now they've got what they wanted...let's see how it goes. I support FG on this




Nothing new.

When Sunni dictators cannot handle dissent, they resort to labelling people "terrorist". Wahhabi Saudi Arabia that Bubu and his fellow Sunnis look up to, did this:

Saudi Arabia declares all atheists are terrorists in new law to crack down on political dissidents
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-declares-all-atheists-are-terrorists-in-new-law-to-crack-down-on-political-dissidents-9228389.html

The FG is declaring Nigerians as " terrorists" for protesting and holding a different religious doctrine. The court of law they are going to, in fact the the supreme court, has told the FG to release Zakzaky and compensate him. The FG is making a mockery out of the law and court rulings.

Meanwhile it is the Wahhabis that are the real terrorists, from alqaeda to boko haram to Isis to alshabab etc. They will not ban herdsmen causing trouble with ammunitions. They will ban those walking on the streets chanting songs.

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Re: El-Zakzaky: Court Declares Shiite (IMN) 'Terrorist Group' by Blue3k(m): 5:29am On Jul 27, 2019
Not surprised at all. It was only a matter of time. They can see if they can appeal but the easy defense for FG is they aren't banning religion but unlawful protest. Its kinda like how you're allowed to be seccessionist but not ipob.


However, the spokesperson for the group, Ibrahim Musa,  said the government could not proscribe the movement, pointing out that its members were Muslims practising Islam as “revealed” by Prophet Muhammed.

He said the group was neither an association nor a political party that could be proscribed by fiat.

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Re: El-Zakzaky: Court Declares Shiite (IMN) 'Terrorist Group' by johnmartus(m): 5:30am On Jul 27, 2019
Nigeria finally have 3 terrorists group.
Boko haram
Ipob
IMN.

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Re: El-Zakzaky: Court Declares Shiite (IMN) 'Terrorist Group' by chriskosherbal(m): 5:32am On Jul 27, 2019
Na only baba God Fit save this country.

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Re: El-Zakzaky: Court Declares Shiite (IMN) 'Terrorist Group' by adioolayi(m): 5:34am On Jul 27, 2019
Levant:


Nothing new.

When Sunni dictators cannot handle dissent, they resort to labelling people "terrorist". Wahhabi Saudi Arabia that Bubu and his fellow Sunnis look up to, did this:

Saudi Arabia declares all atheists are terrorists in new law to crack down on political dissidents
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-declares-all-atheists-are-terrorists-in-new-law-to-crack-down-on-political-dissidents-9228389.html

The FG is declaring Nigerians as " terrorists" for protesting and holding a different religious doctrine. The court of law they are going to, in fact the the supreme court, has told the FG to release Zakzaky and compensate him. The FG is making a mockery out of the law and court rulings.

Meanwhile it is the Wahhabis that are the real terrorists, from alqaeda to book haram to Isis to alshabab etc. They will not ban herdsmen causing trouble with ammunitions. They will ban those walking on the streets chanting songs.

Sincerely, I don't really understand what you are talking about...maybe because I am not a Muslim.....but then, the FG proscribe MASSOB when their wahala was much too. so...anything goes as far as it is for the peace of the larger populace

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Re: El-Zakzaky: Court Declares Shiite (IMN) 'Terrorist Group' by Levant: 5:38am On Jul 27, 2019
adioolayi:


Sincerely, I don't really understand what you are talking about...maybe because I am not a Muslim.....but then, the FG proscribe MASSOB when their wahala was much too. so...anything goes as far as it is for the peace of the larger populace

Those people will still continue to come out to protest and they will be shot at. More civilians deaths and more protests and bloodshed. These people are not seeking to secede. They are protesting for FG to obey court order and release their leader.

"Anything goes" , even when disobeying the law and playing tricks with it, is not good for the entire country. One court, the highest court, cannot be telling you to release and compensate someone, while you rush to seek a ruling criminalizing the activity of the person as "terrorist" from a lower court. It doesn't make sense.

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Re: El-Zakzaky: Court Declares Shiite (IMN) 'Terrorist Group' by ebenezerdaniel(m): 5:46am On Jul 27, 2019
President buhari ti ya werey

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Re: El-Zakzaky: Court Declares Shiite (IMN) 'Terrorist Group' by praise010(m): 5:48am On Jul 27, 2019
What exactly do they want to achieve in this ?

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Re: El-Zakzaky: Court Declares Shiite (IMN) 'Terrorist Group' by EagleNest(m): 5:49am On Jul 27, 2019
Do you think INM will heed to the court declaration? This is a religious movement unlike IPOB.

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Re: El-Zakzaky: Court Declares Shiite (IMN) 'Terrorist Group' by xelly: 5:54am On Jul 27, 2019
Why and for what?

If you are supporting this, note that Buhari can declare you a terrorist as well.

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Re: El-Zakzaky: Court Declares Shiite (IMN) 'Terrorist Group' by wifeesnatcher(m): 6:05am On Jul 27, 2019
Buhari is living on past age. proscribing IMN terrorist group was quick, baseless, senseless, illogical and unreasonable


religion group can be so deadly than he thought, perhaps because he silent ipob because of their disunity during the struggle, does he think these over determined Islamic fanatics will keep quiet and be releasing press like ipob?


why not release this man for at least 2 months and place him under house arrest with two public figure to stand as surety for him. Buhari had lost it, no economy talk, only cow and war sigh!

no wonder Nigeria can't experience industrial economy under his watch

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Re: El-Zakzaky: Court Declares Shiite (IMN) 'Terrorist Group' by Biritiko: 6:07am On Jul 27, 2019
They are something
They Were Christians, They Later Became Jews, Today They Are Zazzaky followers/Shia.

Who Are They?

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Re: El-Zakzaky: Court Declares Shiite (IMN) 'Terrorist Group' by Biritiko: 6:08am On Jul 27, 2019
wifeesnatcher:
Buhari is living on past age. proscribing IMN terrorist group was quick, baseless, senseless, illogical and unreasonable


religion group can be so deadly than he thought, perhaps because he silent ipob because of their disunity during the struggle, does he think these over determined Islamic fanatics will keep quiet and be releasing press like ipob?


why not release this man for at least 2 months and place him under house arrest with two public figure to stand as surety for him. Buhari had lost it, no economy talk, only cow and war sigh!

no wonder Nigeria can't experience industrial economy under his watch

What you don’t understand is that the armed forces have been restraining from attacking these guys because they see them as civilians.
But now that they have the “terrorist” tag .
Dem go hear am from Buratai boys .
So, continue blabbing all over the place with your nonsense rants.
It shall never be well with all the terrorists and their sympathisers

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Re: El-Zakzaky: Court Declares Shiite (IMN) 'Terrorist Group' by Nobody: 6:36am On Jul 27, 2019
Good development. When time comes IPOB and Shi'ite collabo will be inevitable. Then FG will see real terror

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Re: El-Zakzaky: Court Declares Shiite (IMN) 'Terrorist Group' by gidgiddy: 6:52am On Jul 27, 2019
The vkueles federal government. Those who are unarmed and protesting, such as IPOB and Shiites, are the ones that they proscribe and declare terrorists


But the ones that are armed and killing people, such as Fulani killer herdsmen, get Ruga

When the federal government wants to proscribe a group, they will send Soldiers or the police in, knowing full well that this will lead to clash. When the clash occurs, they run to court to have the group proscribed.

That's exactly what the did to IPOB who were peaceful

They sent in the Army under the guise of python dance knowing that it would only make matters bad so they could rush to court and have them proscribed

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Re: El-Zakzaky: Court Declares Shiite (IMN) 'Terrorist Group' by Oshin56(m): 7:01am On Jul 27, 2019
I don't think that is the best option because this is like creating problem to solve problem.

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Re: El-Zakzaky: Court Declares Shiite (IMN) 'Terrorist Group' by jlinkd78(m): 7:02am On Jul 27, 2019
Somehow I strongly feel this will compound d problem

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Re: El-Zakzaky: Court Declares Shiite (IMN) 'Terrorist Group' by richidinho(m): 7:04am On Jul 27, 2019
Ok

They will hear from the group soon

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Re: El-Zakzaky: Court Declares Shiite (IMN) 'Terrorist Group' by Nobody: 8:18am On Jul 27, 2019
Haaaaaa

Re: El-Zakzaky: Court Declares Shiite (IMN) 'Terrorist Group' by scribble: 8:19am On Jul 27, 2019
proscribe the sunnis too


their own terrorism is even worse

buhari is a bastard

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