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IMN files case against proscription by FG

The IMN leader, Ibrahim El- Zakzaky faces trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of the public peace, among other charges.

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has filed a motion challenging the proscription of the group by the Federal Government on Friday at the Federal High Court A Abuja.

Members of the group filed the suit through their lawyer, Mr Haruna Maigashi, who asked the court to set aside the ex-parte order made on July 26 proscribing IMN as a terrorist organisation.

They also want the court to set aside the order restraining any of their members from participating in the activities of the group.

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The suit was predicated on four grounds, one of which the group said the order was made without jurisdiction as it was made against a non-jurist body.

The Shi’a group also averred that the order was made without giving the respondent (the group) a right to a fair hearing.

According to it, the order is a breach of the fundamental rights of all members of the IMN to a fair hearing and freedom of association, therefore, want the court to set aside the order.

However, no date or judge has been assigned to the suit.

Federal Government on July 27 obtained a court order to proscribe the Islamic Movement in Nigeria a faction of Shi’a organisation led by Ibrahim El-Zakzaky who is in detention with his wife Zeenat since 2016.

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