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Fundamental Rights of Zakzaky Disciples: FHC Sokoto Decides Tomorrow

The Federal High Court in Sokoto will tomorrow Wednesday 31st January, 2018 decide on the case instituted by the members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) seeking the enforcement of their fundamental rights.

Among case the issues for determination at the Federal High Court, Sokoto are whether the actions of the Sokoto state government and six others violated the constitutional provisions and the African charter on Human and People’s rights when they inflicted excruciating pains on members of the Movement through the unlawful acts of the respondents.

Other things to be determined are whether to grant the prayer for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from ever making any unfounded and unverified publications capable of inciting the public against their members. Also to be determined is if the incessant harassment and molestation of members of the group during their religious procession by men of the Sokoto state Command is a deliberate infringement of their fundamental rights as guaranteed by sections 35(1), 35(1) (a) and 38(1) of the 1999 constitution respectively or not, and if the actions of the police had hindered the group from freely performing their religious obligations in the state or not.

The case was filed by Professor Shehu Maigandi, Malam Kasimu Mohammed and Malam Sidi Mannir on behalf of its members in Sokoto state against Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, the Sokoto state government. Other respondents include, the state Attorney General, the state Director, DSS, the State Commissioner of Police and the Inspector General of police as well as the Director, DSS, Abuja.

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