Proscription: Court Adjourns IMN Suit Over AGF’s Absence


    THE suit filed by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, also known as Shiites, challenging its proscription by the Federal Government could not be heard by Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday following the absence of the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and respondents.

    The PUNCH reported that IMN had gone to a Federal High Court in Abuja to challenge its proscription by Justice Nkeonye Maha in 2019.

    The case was said to have suffered many adjournments at the instance of the Federal Government.

    On July 26, 2019, Justice Maha ordered the proscription of IMN in a ruling in which she also designated the activities of the organisation in any part of Nigeria “as acts of terrorism and illegality.”

    Justice Maha gave the order following an ex parte application by the Federal Government marked FHC/ABJ/CS/876/2019 and filed in the name of the ‘Attorney-General of the Federation.’

    But the IMN went to court to challenge its proscription and was transferred to Justice Ekwo.

    When the case came up for hearing on Wednesday, the judge adjourned it till December 10 because of the absence of the Attorney-General of the Federation.

    The lawyer for IMN, who is also a senior counsel in Femi Falana’s chambers, Marshal Abubakar, said, “At the instance of the AGF, the case was adjourned till December 10, 2021 for hearing of all pending applications, including the motion to set aside their counter-application in opposition and our reply on point of law.”
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