By Vivian Okejeme Abuja
The federal government, has been dragged before a federal high court sitting in Abuja, asking it to declare the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Shiite group) a terrorist organisation.
A victim of the sect attack, Sunday Attach, had in an exparte motion dated August 29th, 2018, filed through his counsel, Chief Amobi Nzelu, asked the court for leave to apply for the issuance of an order of mandamus.
The order according to the Plaintiff, will compel the respondents (Attorney-General of the Federation and the Inspector -General of Police) to proscribe or categorize the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Shiite movement) as a terrorist organisation.
In the ex-perte motion marked FHC/ABJ/930/2018, the plaintiiff said the sect has constituted themselves into body that willfully disobey the law, assault non-members and cause nuisance to other road users.
The plaintiff submitted that sometimes in April 2018, while he was returning from a journey, he was attacked by the sect members and injuries were inflicted on him.
He pleaded Video tapes of the clashes between the group and security agencies in and outside Abuja and certified copies of white paper report issued by the Kaduna State Government which the sect has not challenged in court until the time of filling he action.
In the supportive affidavit deposed to, by Ikechukwu Godswill Nwaozichi, the plaintiff said,”
“That in the said report, the atrocities committed by this sect were highlighted and same qualified them to be categorized as a terrorist group.
“That the 1st respondent, who is the Chief Law Officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has the statutory powers under the Terrorism Act to commence a legal action with a view to legally categorizing the sect as a terrorist group.
“That the behaviour, conduct, act of the said sect has become a threat to the corporate existence of this country.
“That the activities of the said sect is more criminally pronounced than that of the prescribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)”.
Further in the affidavits, the Plaintiff also said that following the attack on the Chief of Army Staff and the wanton killings that happened thereafter, a Judicial Commission of Inquiry was set up to look into the matter and after the commission of inquiry sat and having taken evidence turned in their report in July 2016.
A copy of the report was attached to the exparte motion. No date has been fixed for the exparte motion.