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El-Zakzaky: UK rights commission berates Buhari govt over proscription of Shi’ites

Islamic Human Rights Commission of the United Kingdom (UK) has berated the federal government for proscribing the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, and refusing to release its leader, Sheikh El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Mallima Zeenah.

In a statement entilted, “New levels of cruelty from the Buhari regime”, released yesterday, IHRC Chair Massoud Shadjareh, described the proscription as a cynical move by the government.

The terse statement read, “If the reported proscription of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria is true, then this is a spectacularly cynical move on the part of the authorities.

“It is clear they wish to frustrate the growing pressure from inside Nigeria and around the world to release Sheikh El-Zakzaky and Mallima Zeenah.

“It is clear that the movement and its leaders are the innocents in this situation, and the Buhari regime the terroriser.”

STATE PRESS reports that a ruling by the Federal High Court in Abuja, which labelled the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) a terrorist organisation and ordered its proscription by the federal government, has also received a lot of criticism locally.

However, Human rights lawyer Femi Falana, SAN, condemned the proscription and designation of the group; describing it as both immoral and illegal.

Similarly, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, said it represented a terrible shredding of the country’s constitution.