A federal court in Abuja has granted the Federal Government of Nigeria the veto power to officially declare the Shiites group a terrorist group in Nigeria.
This court ordered the Attorney-General of the Federation to publish the order proscribing the respondent (Islamic Movement of Nigeria) in the official gazette and two national dailies. Reports Sahara Reporters
The court gave the order that the group should be proscribed following an ex parte application by the federal government.
The Punch reports that the ex parte application marked FHC/ABJ/CS/876/2019 was filed in the name of the “Attorney-General of the Federation” before the court on Thursday.
According to a report by Sahara reporters, the matter was argued in court on behalf of the Federal Government by the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr. Dayo Apata.
However, the group had no representatives in court on Friday.
In its ruling, the court said,
“An order of this honourable court proscribing the existence and activities of the respondent (Islamic Movement in Nigeria) in any part of Nigeria, under whatever form or guise either in groups or as individuals by whatever names they are called.
“An order restraining any person or group of persons from participating in any manner whatsoever in any form of activities involving or concerning the prosecution of the collective intention or otherwise of the respondent (Islamic Movement in Nigeria) under any other name or platform howsoever called or described in any part of Nigeria.
“An order directing the applicant (the AGF) to publish the order proscribing the respondent (Islamic Movement in Nigeria) in the official gazette and two national dailies.”
The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, Federal Capital Territory Command, Usman Umar, and a ChannelsTV journalist, Precious Owolabi, died in the clash with many others injured and property destroyed.
The Shiites group over the last couple of years have persistently protested and fought for the release of their leader El Zakzaky but the federal kept mum on all of their demands.
The video below was from a protest in front of the federal secretariat some months ago.