The Federal Government will commence the implementation of the Friday’s court order proscribing the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), popularly known as Shiites, by publishing the order in the Official Gazette by Monday.
This was revealed by top officials of the Federal Ministry of Justice,
Speaking with Punch, the officers who pleaded not to be named because they were not authorised to speak on the matter said the publication of the order in the Official Gazette is part of the Friday’s ruling of the Federal High Court in Abuja, designating the Shiites movement as a terrorist group and prescribing it.
It could be recalled that Justice Nkeonye Maha also ordered the government to publish the order in two national newspapers.
“The publication of the order in the newspaper will be done later in the week. But I can assure you that the publication in the Official Gazette will be done by Monday evening,” a source told one of our correspondents.
The Federal Government’s Printing Press, which publishes the Official Gazette, is based in Lagos.
It was reported that on July 27, 2019, that the Federal Government obtained the ex parte order on Friday, about three days after a bloody clash between members of the Shiites group and the police in Abuja which claimed the lives of the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, Federal Capital Territory Command, Usman Umar; a Channels Television journalist, Precious Owolabi; and scores of Shiites.
The Shiites have been relentless for over two years been regularly taking to the streets, particularly in Abuja, to demand the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat.