The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shi’ites, has sued Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai at the Federal High Court in Kaduna for ‘incessant harassments, molestation and open violent physical attacks’ on its members.
The suit was filed by Engr. Yahaya Gilima Karofi, Muktar Abdullahi Muhammed and Aliyu Umar, against the government of Kaduna State; Governor of Kaduna State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Commissioner of Police; Director, State Security Service; Director-General, Department of State Security Abuja, Inspector-General of Police and Chief of Army Staff.
It accused the government of using security agents to deprive members of full opportunity of observing their religious obligations/activities.
The movement sought the court’s declaration that the Kaduna State Gazette No.21 of October 7, 2016, and its contents thereof, which purportedly banned IMN in Nigeria and their religious activities in Kaduna State, constitutes a deliberate attempt at amending section 38(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), and Article 8 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act LFN 2010 by the first to the third respondents, acting in concert, and same constitutes an infraction and a deliberate effort at limiting the applicants’ Fundamental Right, as entrenched in the within mentioned laws.
The group also seeks another declaration that the applicants are entitled to equal level of fair treatment and protection like any other citizens of Kaduna State by the respondents jointly and severally under all circumstances pursuant to Section 42(1) – (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (As Amended) and Article 2 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act LFN 2010.
In view of the above, the IMN is seeking: “An order on the fourth to eighth respondents to henceforth provide security for the applicants during their major public religious activities and processions in Kaduna State.
“An order for compensation, in the sum of N100,000, and public apology in favour of the applicants, for the excruciating pains and embarrassment suffered from the unlawful acts of the respondents against them.”