Army/ Shiites: Rights group asks court to stop IMN  spokesman, others from publishing book

Army/ Shiites: Rights group asks court to stop IMN  spokesman, others from publishing book

- A centre has taken legal action against the spokesperson for the Islamic Movement in Nigeria Ibrahim Musa for making moves to publish a book on the December 2015 clash between the Army and the Shiites

- The centre said Musa's book will jeopardise the ongoing trial of El-Zakzaky by the High Court of Kaduna state for offences bordering on treason, terrorism and murder

- According to the centre, the attempt to publish the book is bent on proving that El-Zakzaky and his followers are not guilty

A civil rights centre has taken legal action against the spokesperson of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim Musa who plans to publish a book on the clash between the Nigerian Army and the members of the group in Zaria, Kaduna state.

The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) in a suit before a Kaduna state High Court said Musa's book is capable of jeopardizing the ongoing trial of the IMN leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. 

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Speaking to journalists after filing the suit, a lawyer for the centre, Edward Omaga, said the attempt to publish the book is bent on proving that El-Zakzaky and his followers are not guilty.

Omaga said the group and its spokesperson should allow justice to take its full course since the matter is already in court where the Kaduna state government is prosecuting the IMN leader.

He said one cannot release a book for public consumption at the same time when issues are before the court of law as allowing same will be subjudice.

In an originating summons filed at the State High Court Kaduna, CESJET prayed the court to determine whether by virtue of the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the clash between IMN and the Nigeria army and the gazetted white paper emanating from it, whether the IMN was not proscribed and designated as a terrorist group and whether Ibrahim Musa is not by writing a book on the IMN attempting to commit an act of terrorism.

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The centre also asked the court for an order mandating the commissioner of police in Kaduna state to arrest and prosecute the IMN spokesman for trying to publish the book entitled, ‘December 2015 Massacre of Shiites in Nigeria.'

Army/ Shiites: Rights group asks court to stop IMN  spokesman, others from publishing book

The centre said publishing the book will jeopardise the ongoing trial of El-Zakzaky by the High Court of Kaduna state for offences bordering on treason, terrorism and murder.
Source: UGC

In the summons taken out by Edward Omaga, the centre said that by virtue of the report of the judicial commission of inquiry and the white paper the IMN has been proscribed.

He said by trying to launch a book on the IMN, Musa wants to further the activities of the IMN which the centre described as ‘criminal.’

The centre also noted that being the spokesman of the IMN is enough to taint the book with falsehood, defamation or blackmail capable of inciting the public against the Nigerian government.

The centre also said such move will jeopardise the ongoing trial of El-Zakzaky by the High Court of Kaduna state for offences bordering on treason, terrorism and murder.

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Omaga said the centre's interest is in seeing that the security of the nation is not threatened under any guise and that a significant member of the public is not allowed to engage in activities capable of inciting the public against the government or rubbishing the temple of justice at any point.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a passerby was hit by a Police stray bullet in Abuja during a protest by members of the IMN.

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The yet to be identified man was killed around the popular Berger area, close to Wuse in the Nigerian capital.

The group had started a procession at Utako ended at Berger leading to resident scampering for safety due to the pandemonium when the police started firing live rounds and tear gas canisters.

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