Mixed Reactions Trail Proscription of Shiites as Terrorists

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By Alex Enumah in Abuja

Reactions have been trailing the recent order by a Federal High Court in Abuja, which labelled the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) a terrorist organisation and accordingly ordered its proscription by the Federal government.

Justice Nkeonye Maha on Friday issued the proscription order in a ruling delivered in an exparte application brought by the federal government.

Justice Maha, in the ruling had designated the a of the Shiite organisation in any part of Nigeria “as acts of terrorism and illegality”.

She accordingly 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.

However, reacting to the proscription order, human rights activist, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), described the proscription as discriminatory, noting that members of the IMN are only pressing for the release of their leader who is…



Source: Thisday Newspaper