What Courts Need To Do Over Buhari’s Refusal To Release Dasuki, El-Zakzaky From Prison – HURIWA

A pro-democracy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, on Tuesday urged the judiciary to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to obey “subsisting” court orders. HURIWA made the appeal while lamenting the continued incarceration of former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col Sambo Dasuki and the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria also known as Shiite, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. The body called on the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, President of Court of Appeal, Mrs. Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa and Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Adamu Abdul-Kafarati…

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Fundamental Rights: Technicalities Yet Again Stalls Proceedings At FHC Kaduna

Technicalities has yet again stalled sitting of the Federal High Court in Kaduna at the resumed sitting today in the case of the enforcement of the fundamental rights of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, and had to adjourn sitting  to 21st June, 2018. When the matter came up today, it was for adoption of written addresses and processes. However, the issues and arguments that characterized the previous sitting once again cropped up, as the counsel to the eighth respondent, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), sought to use technicalities…

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Fundamental Rights Case In Kaduna, Court Adjourns Yet Again Over Technicalities

The Federal High court sitting in Kaduna, presided by Justice Saleh Shuaibu Musa, has yet again adjourned sitting in the case brought before it seeking to enforce the fundamental rights of members of the Islamic Movement over technicalities. At the resumption of sitting today, instead of hearing and adoption of all processes and written addresses, the court was entangled in the mesh of technical issues, which sought to kill the case even without hearing the substance of the case. Counsel to the 8th respondent, the Chief of Army Staff, in…

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With Which Laws Will Govt Prosecute Sheikh Zakzaky, When It Disobeyed The Laws Itself? – Pastor Buru

Pastor Yohanna Buru, the Kaduna-based Christian cleric has knocked the Nigerian government over what he called injustice and disrespect for the rule of law. The Cleric and Human rights activist was reacting to the news that government has charged the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky to court on an eight count charges including that of alleged culpable homicide. “The government that doesn’t respect the rule of law can’t use the same laws,” Buru said. According to the Pastor, with which laws will the government prosecute…

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Key Challenges In Enforcing And Protecting Minority Rights In Nigeria

Being the paper presented by Barrister Femi Falana (SAN), at the Third International Quds Conference & Book Launch held in Abuja on Saturday July 29, 2017. The Constitution does not recognize the rights of minorities or minority groups but the fundamental rights of every individual living in Nigeria. The African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights has gone further to recognize the collective rights of the African people. Since there is equality before the law which requires that there shall be equal opportunities for all citizens the concept of minority…

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Fundamental Rights: FHC Abuja Adjourns Case

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has yet again adjourned the case seeking the enforcement of the Fundamental rights of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria to 23rd May, 2018. The case had come up for mention on Thursday March 22, but one of the respondents in the case, the Attorney General of Federation (AGF) had filed an application to file out of time, and present a counter affidavit. With no objection from the plaintiffs/applicants counsels, the initial request to file out of time was granted. Consequently, a…

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Series Of Law Cases Involving Islamic Movement Comes Up Today, Tomorrow In Abuja And Kaduna

Starting from today Wednesday, 21st March, 2018 the Islamic Movement in Nigeria will be involved in a series of court cases at the Federal High Courts in Abuja and Kaduna as well as the Kaduna state high court. This morning at the Federal High Court in Abuja, the case seeking the enforcement of the fundamental rights of members of the Islamic Movement comes up for hearing. The case is challenging the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), the Inspector General of Police (IGP), the FCT Police Commissioner and the Director…

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Invidious, Unobtrusive acts of intolerance by Majority Sunni Muslims Escalated This Crisis – Hon Justice Kolawole

Invidious unobtrusive acts of intolerance by majority Muslims who follow the Sunni school of thought against the minority Muslims who follow the Shiah school of thought has been identified as an important factor escalating the current crisis leading to the continued detention of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and the continued incessant persecution of its members. This assertion was made by Honourable Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja while delivering judgement in the case for the enforcement of the fundamental rights of Sheikh Zakzaky…

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Fundamental Rights: FHC Kaduna Adjourns Sitting

The Federal High Court in Kaduna has adjourned sitting in the case of the enforcement of the fundamental rights of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria to 22nd March, 2018 for hearing. At the resumed sitting today, the trial judge frowned at the absence of the seventh and eighth defendants to the case even when it was clear they have been clearly served. “They can’t drag the case back,” he said. “If they like let them not make an appearance. I will continue the case and give my judgement.”…

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Kaduna State Govt Appeals Against Judgement Setting Members of Movement Free

The Kaduna state government has appealed against the judgement of the State High Court that discharged and acquitted members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria in relation to the December 2015 peaceful free Zakzaky procession in Kaduna. Earlier, the state high court presided by Justice Esther Lolo absolved all the accused of all the five-count charges brought against them. In upholding the no case submission, Justice Lolo ruled in favor of the 10 members of the Islamic Movement who were arraigned before her in 2016 for the alleged offences of…

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