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Sokoto IMN Fundamental Rights Case holds tomorrow

The case instituted by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria at the Sokoto Federal High Court for the enforcement of their Fundamental Rights comes up for hearing tomorrow, the 13th of December 2017.

At the last sitting of the court about two weeks earlier, the case could not go on as some of the parties could not be appropriately served notice, which necessited adjournment till tomorrow.

Members of the Islamic Movement in Sokoto state instituted a case against the Sokoto State government, the Sokoto state Governor, the Attorney-General of Sokoto state and 4 others, including the Sokoto state Police Commissioner, Directors of Sokoto state Department of State Security (DSS) and State Security Service (SSS) as well as the Inspector-General of Police.

The reliefs sought among others include a declaration that the incessant harassments, molestations and often violent physical attacks on them during their peaceful religiuos activities deliberately infringes on their Fundamental Rights to personal liberty, dignity of human persons and freedom of thought, conscience and religion as guaranteed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as amended.

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A similar case was recently instituted at Federal High Court Kaduna by members of the Islamic Movement in Kaduna against the Kaduna state govement and governor among others. The Kaduna case further demands a declaration by Kaduna state gazette that purportedly bans the activities of IMN in the state as an unlawful, unconstitutional and an attempt to abridge the inalienable rights of IMN members to associate freely, freedom of thought, conscience and religion and therefore null and void. No date has been fixed yet for hearing in the Kaduna matter.

Since the onset of the present regime of President Muhammadu Buhari in July 2015, the government has excelled in flagarrant abuse of citizens rights and disobedience of court orders and the rule of law. The Information minister, Lai Muhammad once openly declared that their government knows much more than the courts.

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