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Proscription: Shiites temporarily suspend protest

Valentine Chinyem

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Following the recent court judgement proscribing the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shiites, the group has decided to suspend its street protests.

The group has been protesting the continued detention of its leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, who has been granted bail several times by various court, to enable him proceed on medical treatment abroad.

The group has on several occassion clashed with security operatives, leaving several of them dead, while one police officer lost his life when they invaded the National Assembly complex two weeks ago. More so, a Deputy Commissioner of Police and a serving corper with Channels TV lost their lives last week, when the group stormed the federal capital.

Meanwhile, IMN said the reason it is suspending the its protests temporarily, was out of respect for eminent people and groups, who have genuinely waded into resolving the problems.

This was made known in a statement issued on Wednesday by the group’s spokesman, Ibrahim Musa.

According to him, IMN demand that their leader, his wife and several others in detention be given their freedom denied to them since 2015, as they would continue to explore the new openings to resolving the protracted issues with the government.