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Fundamental Rights Case Of Islamic Movement Members At FHC Kaduna, 3 Respondents Failed To Show Up

Three of the eight respondents in the case instituted by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria seeking for the enforcement of the fundamental rights of members of the Movement at the Federal High Court, Kaduna failed to show up at all when the matter came up for mention.

When the case was called, no counsels announced appearances for the sixth to eighth defendants, the Director General of Department of State Security (DSS), The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) although all were found to have been adequately served since the 18th of December, 2017.

The first to the fifth respondents were however represented by a Senior State Counsel, Mr. Joseph who only showed up this morning without filing any reply to the motions and affidavits originally filed by the applicants’ lawyer, Mr. Alex Ajodo. Requesting the leave of court to be given time to file a reply, Joseph who was standing in for the Kaduna State Government, Kaduna state governor, Kaduna State Attorney- General and Commissioner for Justice, Kaduna state Police Commissioner and the Kaduna state Director of State Security Services (SSS), also requested a waiver for the penalty fees to be paid for filing out of time.

The Court rejected his pleas and asked him to pay the penalty for defaulting and proceed to promptly file his reply before the next adjourned date, earmarked for hearing.

The matter has been adjourned to the 8th of February, 2018 for hearing, taking into cognisance the urgency of the matter, as argued by the applicants lawyer that the abuses of the rights of his clients are still ongoing and persistent, citing that only last weekend, the respondents or their agents attacked his clients resulting in the arrest, molestation, injury and deaths of some of his clients.

The Movement wants the court to restrain the Kaduna state government and all its agencies from further harassment, molestations and all forms of infringement of the fundamental rights of the members of IMN in the expression of their freedoms, including of thought, conscience and religion

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