Invidious, Unobtrusive acts of intolerance by Majority Sunni Muslims Escalated This Crisis – 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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Flashback: Sheikh Zakzaky’s Only Surviving Son Petitions NBA Against Former AGF Malami

The only surviving son of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Muhammad Ibrahim Zakzaky, petitioned the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), urging them to uphold punitive measures against the immediate past Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Malami Abubakar, SAN for what he described as the “gross misconduct” displayed by the former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of justice, Malami Abubakar SAN for failing in his duties to enforce the judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja that ordered…

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Fundamental Rights Case: FHC Kaduna Adjourns For The Umpteenth Time, As Police Demonstrated Abuses

Yesterday Thursday the 21st of June, 2018 will remain a landmark day in the history of subterfuge and rights abuses in Kaduna, as the Federal High Court in Kaduna for the umpteenth time adjourned sitting in the case brought before it seeking the enforcement of the fundamental rights of members of the Islamic Movement over technical issues, even as the police demonstrated worst practices in rights abuses. The case had dragged on for over six months without definite hearing of the substantive suit on its merit, as counsels to the…

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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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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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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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Fundamental Rights Case: Date Fixed For Hearing In Abuja

The Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed Wednesday 14th February 2018 as the date for hearing in the case for the enforcement of the Fundamental rights of members of the Islamic Movement in the Federal capital, Abuja. The Inspector General of Police (IGP), the Abuja Commissioner of Police and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) were dragged to the Federal High Court over the incessant violations of the fundamental rights of members of the Islamic Movement in the FCT. The action followed the brutal attacks of the past…

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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…

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Fundamental Rights Suit In Sokoto, Court Rules On Prelim Objections Jan 31

IMN slams N50m suit against Sokoto govt, six others The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) has instituted a case at the Federal High Court, Sokoto seeking a N50 million compensation from the Sokoto state government and six others for the excruciating pains its members allegedly suffered from the unlawful acts of the respondents. The case was filed by Professor Shehu Maigandi, Malam Kasimu Mohammed and Malam Sidi Mannir on behalf of the Sect and its members in Sokoto state against Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, the Sokoto state government. Other respondents…

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