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Federal Government To Label Shiite Group Terrorists

Margaret Solace

The Federal High Court has issued an order to the federal government to proscribe the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, popularly known as the Shiites group.

This proscription was given at the emergence of the continuous violent protests demonstrated by the group which expressly disturbs the peace of the Federal Capital Territory and the nation at large.

According to reports, the prohibition order was issued by Justice Nkeonye Maha who labelled the activities of the Islamic organisation “as acts of terrorism and illegality” and it should be frowned at all over the nation.

The court warns citizens, including individuals and groups, to desist from partaking in all forms of affairs that may involve the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).

Furthermore, the court instructed 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.”

This action, reports suggest, will mark the completion of the movement’s ban. The judge gave this instruction in response to the application proceeding filed by the federal government, in the name of the Attorney-General of the Federation.

The Shiites movement had no representative nor a lawyer despite being the sole respondent to the application.

While ruling, the court stated “a declaration that the activities of the respondent (Islamic Movement in Nigeria) in any part of Nigeria amounts to acts of terrorism and illegality.” This declaration hereby labels members of the group perpetrators of terrorism.