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Tension, tight security as Court decides El-Zakzaky’s bail today

Shi’ittes say proscription a huge joke

Their is palpable tension in Kaduna on  Monday as well as tight security as Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High Court is set to rule on the application filed by the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.

El-Zakzaky is seeking permission to travel abroad for medical treatment after almost four years of incarceration.

Meanwhile, the police in Kaduna on Sunday said that they had beefed up security ahead of today’s ruling.

The Kaduna State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, assured the people of the state that adequate security had been put in place for hitch-free court appearance.

The spokesman said the public was advised to remain calm and not to be apprehensive where they observe unusual number of security personnel in town.

The hearing is coming barely three days after a Federal High Court in Abuja granted the Federal Government the power to proscribe the Shi’ittes’ organisation.

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

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.
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The Shi’ittes’ protests in Abuja had recently turned violent resulting in the death of a police officer and a National Youth Scheme Corps member, Precious Owolabi.

The violent protests prompted the Abuja High Court order proscribing its activities and tagging it as a terrorist group.

Reacting to the proscription, however, IMN has described it as a “ huge joke.”

In a report by ElombahNews on Sunday, IMN rejected proscription order saying it will not be distracted by the court order which labelled it as a terrorist organisation.

The religious group in a statement by resident of IMN media forum, Ibrahim Musa said the group will continue to demand for the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

Shi’ites said,”The Islamic Movement has learnt of the fallacious court order for its proscription by a high court in Abuja, that it is a terrorist group.

“We are in consultations with our lawyers, and we would, as a peaceful people who have been victims of Buhari government-sponsored terror attacks throughout his first term and continuing, give an appropriate response.”

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