The Islamic Movement in Nigeria, also known as Shiites has announced the temporary suspension of their protests staged to seek the release of their leader, Shiek Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.
It was earlier reported that a court order obtained by Nigeria’s Government banning all public activities and demonstrations of the group after claiming that it has been hijacked by extremists.
A statement on Wednesday signed by Ibrahim Musa, President, Media Forum of the IMN, says the suspension of protests is so that the “court case instituted by our lawyers on the proscription order made by the federal government this week can take its full course.”
Musa said the step was taken in good faith and with the hope that a genuine and amicable way could be found to solve the crises surrounding the illegal detention of the Shiite leader for almost four years, SaharaReporters reports.
“If at all any protest occur anywhere in the country, it might be this notice hasn’t reached those involved or they misunderstood the notice or it is some security agents that are behind it, who we know have been doing all they can to smear our image as victims of savage oppression since 2015.”