Human right lawyer, Femi Falana has called for the withdrawal of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) proscription.
According to reports, Friday’s ruling saw Justice Maha designating the activities of the Shiites sect in any part of Nigeria “as acts of terrorism and illegality.”
Falana in a statement on Saturday described the move by the Federal Government as a desperate bid to prevent the Shiites from demanding the release of their detained leader and his wife from the custody of the Department of State Services.
Falana, who has been defending El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat since their detention in 2016, said it was not possible to ban a religious group such as IMN.
“Since there are millions of Shiites who belong to the IMN, the Federal Government will soon realise that it has merely driven the body underground.
“The proscription of the IMN because of its protests against the disobedience of court orders by the President Muhammadu Buhari regime is immoral and illegal in every material particular.”
The senior lawyer added that the development was an opportunistic move by the Sunni Muslims in public office in using the instrumentality of their office to proscribe the Shiites body.
“It is particularly opportunistic on the part of the Sunnis occupying public office to use the instrumentality of the state to liquidate the Shiites.
“The illegal proscription of the IMN should be withdrawn. It will not stand as the fundamental right of the Shiites to freedom of religion is constitutionally guaranteed,” he said.