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El-Zakzaky Has Iranian Support To Establish Islamic State In Nigeria-FG




Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), has been accused of trying to establish an Islamic State in Nigeria.

The Federal Government made the disclosure today in a counter-affidavit it filed against IMN’s motion challenging the Federal High Court’s order of July 26 proscribing the group.

The government also stated that the cleric had the full support of the Iranian government to achieve this aim.

Justice Nkeonye Maha of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court who issued the proscription order fixed September 11 for the hearing of the motion filed on behalf of the IMN by Mr. Femi Falana (SAN).

In the motion, Falana asked the court to vacate the ex parte order it gave on July 26th proscribing its activities in the country.

Justice Maha adjourned the case after hearing the two counsels. The Solicitor General of the Federation, Mr Ayo Apata, SAN, had applied for more time.

Counsel to the IMN, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, did not oppose the request either. The court had, upon an ex-parte motion by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation also declared the group a terrorist organisation.

The IMN, in a notice of motion filed, on August 2, by its lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, particularly sought the court to vacate the “ex-parte order made on July 26, in Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/876/2019 between: AGF vs. IMN proscribing the existence and activities of the group in Nigeria under whatever form, either in groups or as individuals by whatever names they are called or referred to.”

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