Nigeria Govt Secures Court Order to Proscribe Shiite Imn

Shiites protest in Abuja

Shiites protest in Abuja

The Iranian official also called on the judiciary, which is the last hope of the common man, to grant bail to El-Zakzaky who is the leader of all Shi'ites in Nigeria.

The IMN is deliberately changing the narrative in order to gain sympathy & divert the attention of the world from its terrorist activities, including attacking soldiers, killing policemen & a youth corps member, destroying public property, consistently defying State authority.

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".

He said the government has to start moves towards addressing the deaths and destroyed properties of Shiites in compliance with the previous court orders.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), the presidency maintained that the proscription of the group has nothing to do with banning the larger numbers of peaceful and law-abiding Shiites in the country from practising their religion, instead it was to discourage wanton violence, murder and willful destruction of public and private property.

"Having defied appeals to operate peacefully, and given their seeming determination to destabilise the country, the government had to act before the situation goes out of control, after admonishing many times over that people should not use religion to perpetuate lawlessness".

"You can never stop an ideology, you can never stop an idea, you can never stop our religion", he said, insisting protests would not stop until Zakzaky was freed.

El-Zakzaky's legal team has long called for his release, saying he is suffering from health issues that require urgent medical care overseas but the state high court in Kaduna has denied the request.

IMN remains defiant and says that it will continue holding its marches until Zakzaky is released.

With the order according to Punch, 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.

The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre (SHAC) described the court order against the IMN popularly known as Shiites as a "relief to Nigerians".

The sect is often treated with hostility in Nigeria, especially in the predominantly Sunni Muslim north of the country, where religious elites are allied with Saudi Arabia.

Zakzaky and his wife Zeenah Ibrahim have been in custody despite the federal high court ordering his release in 2016.

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