Fundamental Rights Case of IMN Members in Sokoto: Court Adjourns Sitting

The Federal High Court Sokoto has adjourned sitting for two weeks in the case of enforcement of the fundamental rights of members of the Islamic Movement, which came up for hearing today.

Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria residing in Sokoto state had gone to the Federal High Court in Sokoto seeking for the enforcement of their Fundamental Rights and an order of perpetual injunction restraining government and security services in the state or their agents from any further harassments, molestations and violently attacking or arresting IMN members during any of their peaceful processions or religious activities among others.

The case, which has Sokoto State government, Sokoto State governor, the Sokoto State Attorney General & Commissioner of Justice, the Sokoto State Police Commissioner, the Director, State Security Service Sokoto, the Director Department of Security Service Sokoto and the Inspector General of Police as defendants, was slated for today for hearing.

However, when the case was called, the SSS and DSS were not represented by Counsels at the sitting. The Court was told that summon was not served on them appropriately. The Judge therefore directed that they should be appropriately served before the next sitting and must appear unfailingly in view of the nature of the case, which borders on enforcement of human rights.

Before the case was adjourned, Counsel for the IMN, Barrister Alex Ajodo prayed the court to call the security services to order against further harassment, molestation and all forms of infringement of the fundamental rights of his clients in the course of engaging in any of their religious rites pending the hearing and determination of the case by the honourable court. Although Counsel to the police tried to deny that they harass anyone, the Judge called on all parties to the case to maintain law and order.

This case was necessitated by the incessant harassment, intimidation, violent attacks and severe breach of the fundamental rights of members of the IMN in Sokoto, which warranted an urgent press statement earlier last week saying that the IMN will hold the Sokoto state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal responsible should anything happen to members and properties of IMN members in Sokoto state.

The case was adjourned for two weeks.

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