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IMN backs down on El-Zakzaky’s release, suspends protests

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Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as Shiites yesterday announced temporary suspension of their protests against the continued detention of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

A statement by its Spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, disclosed that the movement suspended the protests in good faith and out of respect for eminent Nigerians and groups, whose input in the resolution of the crisis appears genuine.

While restating IMN’s demand for the freedom of their leader, his wife and others in detention since 2015, Musa said the movement was committed to exploring alternative means of resolving the lingering issues with the Federal Government.

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“If at all any protests occur anywhere in the country, it might be that this notice hasn’t reached those in the field or this message is misunderstood or some security agents are mischievously behind i,” he said.

But their counterparts in the South West region have declared that the temporary suspension of its nationwide street protest would continue till Monday when the court affirms El-Zakzaky’s bail.

Justice Darius Khobo of Kaduna State High Court had adjourned ruling on the application for permission to travel to India for medical attention filed by El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zina to August 5.

South West Coordinator of IMN, Muftau Zakariya, told The Guardian that while the group supports the temporary suspension of the protests, it would also allow the rule of law take its cause.


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