IMN Defies Ban Order, Stages Protest in Abuja

The group, Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Monday defied the ban order placed on its activities by Kaduna State Government and staged protest in Abuja, demanding the release of their leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
Under the banner of Islamic Movement of Nigeria Save Zakzaky’s Life Group (SZLG) condemned the continued detention of their leader and demanded for his immediate and unconditional release
The Kaduna State Government had last Friday, proscribed activities of the IMN in the state, describing the group an unlawful society.
El-rufai had said the ban was to preserve peace and security in the state, and to ensure that all persons and organisations are guided by lawful conduct and allegiance to the Nigerian constitution.
The Governor said that the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Zaria Clashes of 12-14 December 2015 found that the IMN is not a registered organisation, that it has a paramilitary wing and that its members do not recognise or respect the laws of the country and the duly constituted authorities, hence the ban order.
But in a press statement, Saturday, the group said the proscription of activities of the sect, was based on wrong premise.
Signed by Ibrahim Musa, President Media Forum of IMN, the statement noted that the reason for banning the group was a ploy to massacre innocent lives.
“The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) wishes to categorically make it clear to the general public that we vehemently reject such an order and declare it a flagrant infringement on our basic rights as citizens of this country to hold an opinion, associate freely without molestation. This is nothing but plot by Governor El-rufa’i to further its diabolic agenda to massacre innocent lives”, it said.
The Governor also ordered the arrest of Musa.
Meantime, the protesters mostly youths including female members held processions at the Federal Secretariat, Eagle Square and National Assembly which were closely monitored by combine team from the Nigeria Police and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
They carried placard with various inscriptions, chanting solidarity songs condemning the inhuman treatment meted to group members and also demanding the prosecution of individuals who they said massacre their members in Zaria, Kaduna State.
A spokesman of the protesters, Bashir Mafara, said members would continue to sit at the entrance of the National Assembly and also engage in peaceful protests till their leader and others in detention are released.
“The government said our leader is guilty without charging him to court. They continue to hold in detention for over nine months now claiming it was to protect him.
“This excuse is untenable even in the face of his deteriorating health conditions. We demand his immediate and unconditional release as well as our innocent members in detention,” Mafara said.

Author: News Editor

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