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IMN challenges FG’s ex parte order on proscription

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IN response to the Federal government proscription of Shi’ite protests, the sect on Friday filed a suit to challenge the ex parte order, at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The case was filed before Nkeonye Maya, challenging the ex-parte application filed before the court by the federal government.

According to the legal counsel, Haruna Magashi who filed the suit, the order was an infringement on the fundamental rights to a fair hearing, freedom of thought, religion and conscience.

He added that the court lacked the authority to hear the ex parte order against the sect.

Magashi prayed the court to discharge the ex parte order proscribing the existence of the sect in the country and that describing its activities as “amounting to act of terrorism and illegality”.

The government had earlier in July, proscribed the Shi’ite sect, after a federal high court in Abuja had declared it a terrorist group.

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