The Nigerian federal government has gotten a court order to proscribe the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN).
This follows a security conference President Muhammadu Buhari had with security chiefs.The court order for the proscription of the IMN group was provided by the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Friday.
Nkeonye Maha, the judge who presided over the court, directed and made the order that “no person or groups of persons should henceforth associate with the Shiites for any reasons.”
The court gave the order following an ‘ ex-parte ’ application brought by the federal government.
In other to complete the procedure for the proscription of the group, the court mandated the Attorney-General of the Federation “to release the order proscribing the respondent (Islamic Movement in Nigeria) in the main gazette and 2 nationwide dailies”.
Demonstrations by IMN members, commonly called Shiites, had actually turned violent in current weeks.
The protesters are asking the government to release their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaki, who has been apprehended since 2015 after soldiers killed few of his followers.