- The Kaduna state government has been commended for its move to appeal an order of the court in favour of IMN
- The commendation was made by the Save Humanity Advocacy Centre (SHAC) which condemned the order for the release of 91 IMN members
- The centre said the order of the court will encourage other militant groups and non-state actors to tow the same path
A centre has commended the decision of the Kaduna state government to appeal the release of 91 members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) as ordered by a Federal High Court.
The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre (SHAC) said the recent judgement of the court on the detention of the Shiite members after an alleged attempt on the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai in 2015 and killing a soldier in the process is the most shocking and a travesty of justice.
The executive director of SHAC, Joyce Ugwu, in a statement, said the order for the release of the Shiites is a dangerous precedent which would give IMN the nerve to perpetuate further nefarious activities.
Ugwu said the order of the court will also encourage other militant groups and non-state actors to tow the same path.
She urged the Kaduna state government not to relent towards ensuring that this anomaly is reversed by a higher and competent court of jurisdiction.
Ugwu said the order for the release of the detainees would be best described as a mockery of all that the judicial institution in Nigeria represents.
Ugwu said: "The discharge and acquittal of the IMN members that brazenly engaged in violent acts that led to the death of a soldier is an indication that the IMN might have spread its tentacles to the judicial arm of government with the active support of the Iranian authorities."
She also said that it is appalling that a judge of high standing could base a judgment on technicalities while ignoring the main issued canvased during the trial processes.
"The judicial system must see itself as a critical partner in the war against terrorism in Nigeria. As such, it must do all possible in ensuring that justice is served at all times, and in the interest of fairness and equity," Ugwu said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a civil right's group had sought a court's order to prevent the spokesperson of the IMN, Ibrahim Musa, from publishing a book on the clash between the Nigerian Army and the members of the group in Zaria, Kaduna state.
The group 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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