BUHARI’S GULAG: WE ARE ALL SOWORE – PUNCH

At about the same time that President Muhammadu Buhari eventually consented to let Shiite leader, Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, go on medical pilgrimage to India, another executive prisoner was making his way to jail. Omoyele Sowore, founder of SaharaReporters and one of the presidential candidates in the 2019 elections, was arrested by the DSS for daring to call for #RevolutionNow. The significance of this “prisoner-swap” was not lost on all of us. A close friend whispered to me that, “The President must be under strict instructions from his spiritual advisers (they are…

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NATIONWIDE PROTEST: POLICE, SHIITES SET TO TEST STRENGTH ON TUESDAY

  •We’re Nigerians and ready to die in Nigeria –Shi’ites •March and see what police will do – FPRO Adelani Adepegba  and Godwin Isenyo The Nigeria Police Force and members of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria, also known as Shi’ites, may clash at the group’s upcoming Ashura procession on Tuesday. The Ashura procession, also called the Day of Ashura, is the tenth day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar. It is observed annually by Shi’ite Muslims worldwide to commemorate the death of Husayn ibn Ali in the…

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FG TELLS COURT WHY EL ZAKZAKY SHOULD BE BANNED, LINKS HIM WITH IRAN

•Accuses Iran of sponsoring planned Islamisation agenda Alex Enumah in Abuja The federal government, wednesday before the Federal High Court, Abuja, gave reasons why the proscription order banning the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) should not be vacated. It also accused Iran of sponsoring planned Islamisation of the country, being allegedly propagated by the sect. The IMN is currently challenging the July 26 order made by Justice Nkeonye Maha proscribing the group and its activities in Nigeria on the grounds that the order was made without jurisdiction and in violation…

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DSS LINKS SOWORE WITH EL ZAKZAKY, SAYS HE COLLECTED FOREIGNERS’ DOLLARS TO TOPPLE BUHARI

Ade Adesomoju and Oladimeji Ramon The Department of State Services has alleged in fresh papers filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja that the convener of #RevolutionNow protests, Omoyele Sowore, met with “foreign collaborators” in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, and other countries on how to topple the Muhammadu Buhari government”. DSS also alleged in the court document seen by our correspondent on Tuesday that Sowore received “millions of dollars” from the alleged collaborators to sponsor attacks in Nigeria with a view toppling the government and ensuring the release…

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FG’S CLAIMS MEANT TO COVER UP ITS INTERVENTIONS IN INDIA SAYS SHIITES

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has described as “a campaign of calumny” claims by the Federal Government that its leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, wanted to seek asylum in India before his repatriation to Nigeria last Friday. The group said the allegation was made by the government “to cover its own gross misconduct in a foreign land.” Responding to the issue in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, the President, Media Forum of the IMN, Ibrahim Musa, alleged that the FG went beyond its role of supervision to interfering…

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MY DETENTION FACILITY IN NIGERIA WAS NEXT TO SENATE PRESIDENT’S RESIDENCE, EL ZAKZAKY REVEALS

Adelani Adepegba The Shi’ite leader, Ibrahim El-Zakyzaky, has said that he had greater freedom while in custody in Nigeria than in Medenta Hospital, New Delhi, India, where he went for treatment last Monday. He explained that he was detained at a well furnished house located beside the Senate President’s residence, adding that he was also free to move around. The cleric in a video alleged that the Federal Government made it difficult for him to get the needed treatment at the hospital, noting that he was treated like a prisoner…

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FG MAY BAR EL ZAKZAKY FROM FURTHER FOREIGN TREATMENT

…accuses IMN leader of planning to seek asylum •Govt, Indian hospital wanted to kill cleric –Shiites movement •Falana: FG must provide urgent medical attention for sheikh •Allegations against us baseless –US Friday Olokor, Adelani Adepegba, Okechukwu Nnodim and Godwin Isenyo The Federal Government may bar the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, from other overseas treatment, Saturday PUNCH has gathered. Following reports of the IMN leader’s alleged moves to internationalise his agitations and unruly behaviour in India, it was learnt that the Federal Government might take into account security…

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FG EXPLAINS WHY THEY BROUGHT EL ZAKZAKY BACK HOME FROM INDIA

Olawale Ajimotokan The federal government has said that the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, was brought back from India, where he was taken to undergo treatment, because he was seeking asylum in the Asian country while also becoming unruly and constituting an embarrassment to Nigeria. The Permanent Secretary Ministry of of Information and Culture, Grace Isu Gekpe , said this in a statement on Friday. Gekpe said El-Zakzaky’s actions in India demonstrated malicious intents that were capable of embarrassing the governments of both Nigeria…

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EL ZAKZAKY ARRIVES BACK IN NIGERIA, WHISKED AWAY BY DSS

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja  The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, has landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, from India,  where his planned medical treatment was aborted. But he was immediately taken into custody by the Department of State Services which whisked him away on arrival at the airport. El-Zakzaky arrived via an Ethiopian airline around 12.05pm and was driven away by the security operatives shortly after. The President, Media Forum of IMN, Ibrahim Musa, confirmed to our correspondent that El-Zakzaky was taken away by DSS…

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REAL REASON WHY FG PUSHED EL ZAKZAKY TO DEMAND RETURN TO NIGERIA

Arrives Friday IMN says cleric coming back for personal safety   Idowu Sowunmi, Martins Ifijeh in Lagos, Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja and John Shiklam in Kaduna With concrete evidence by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) that the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, had secured the services of some human rights lawyers in India to file a court case today to restrain the federal government from bringing him and his wife back to Nigeria, the federal government with the support of the Indian government yesterday afternoon…

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