SHIITES, POLICE FIGHT OVER SOKOTO KILLING OF ITS MEMBERS

Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) have condemned the killing of innocent Nigerians in Sokoto State by security forces on October 20. The president, Media Forum of IMN, Ibrahim Musa, said the killings in Sokoto should be of concern to all Nigerians. “In as much as the victims involved are not of the Islamic movement, we wish to condemn this act of impunity and extra-judicial killing implemented by the military and draw attention to a dangerous trend they have introduced whereby uniformed men can kill anybody at will…

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AGAIN, POLICE, SHIITES CLASH IN ABUJA

By Gbenga Omokhunu and Jennifer Obaseki, Abuja   The procession of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), on Friday was disrupted by the police around Bannex Plaza, Wuse in Abuja. Eyewitnesses told The Nation that the policemen reportedly fired tear gas canisters and gunshots in the air forcing the Shi’ites and passers-by to scamper for safety. The IMN procession which started on Sultan Abubakar Road abruptly ended after the gun shot. The Shi’ites planned to hold a nationwide procession on Saturday in commemoration of their annual Arbaeen trek, sparking fears…

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POLICE WARNS SHIITES, DON’T HOLD PROCESSION TOMORROW

Shiites holding a procession in Abuja…recently. Kola SULAIMON / AFP • We’ll march peacefully, not disrupt traffic, says IMN • JNI flays Kano kidnap, Sharia council begins probe From the police force yesterday came another warning to the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) which the security outfit accused of planning to perpetrate illegality. It gave the warning in a reaction to the group’s plan to hold its yearly Arbaeen procession tomorrow, saying: “Since it (IMN) is proscribed, the police as a law enforcement agent won’t sit and look at people…

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SHIITES SET TO EMBARK ON NATIONWIDE TREK ON SATURDAY

By AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna   Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shi’ites have disclosed plans to embark on their annual nationwide Arba’een symbolic trek on Saturday. The IMN however assured the symbolic trek will be peaceful and devoid of any attempt to disrupt the right of safe passage to other road users, adding there would be no cause for alarm over the Arba’een trek. A statement issued on Thursday by the President, Media Forum of IMN, IIbrahim Musa, however alleged security agents might attack the…

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KADUNA COURT FREES 9 SHIITES ARRESTED SINCE 2016

The Kaduna State High Court has freed nine members of the Sheikh El-Zakzaky-led Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiites arrested following the proscription order by the Kaduna State Government in 2016. The nine shi’ites members, including two women, were arrested precisely three years ago while on their way to attend the Islamic religious rite of Ashura mourning in Kaduna and have been in detention since 2016 Justice Shiri Nyom discharged and acquitted the sect members of the charges levelled against them, a statement by the President Media…

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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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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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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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