- The federal government has been asked by Sunday Atah to declare Islamic Movement of Nigeria as a terrorist organisation
- Attah who claimed he was attacked and wounded by protesting members the group
- To support his arguments, the plaintiff presented video tapes of clashes between the group and security agencies in and outside Abuja
Following claim of an alleged attack on his person, Sunday Attah, has dragged Nigeria's federal government to court demanding for the proscription of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) as a terrorist organisation.
Sunday, through his lawyer, Chief Amobi Nzelu asked Abuja Division of the Federal High Court to compel Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation and minister of Justice and Ibrahim Idris, the inspector-general of police, to recognise the Shiite sect as a terrorist group.
Sunday Attah told the court that he was sometime in April 2018 attacked and wounded by protesting members of the sect while he was returning from a journey .
He claimed that the Shiite group has constituted itself into a body that willfully disobeys the law, assault non-members and cause nuisance to other road users, Vanguard reports.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the Nigerian Army said that its personnel in Abuja are on standby over the continued clashes between officers of the Nigerian Police Force and members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.
The Army said it is ready to move against IMN members popularly known as Shiites over their violent protest within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The commander of the Guards Brigade, Brigadier General Umar Musa, while speaking at the closing ceremony of the Corporal and Below Arms Drill and Endurance Competition in Abuja on Wednesday, May 16, said the Nigerian Army had the right to secure the president, his family and residents of the FCT.
Musa said: “Yes, we have the responsibility of providing security for Mr. President, his family and the FCT and environs. But as it is now, the ambit of the issue is within the purview of the Police and the Police have handled the situation well."
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