The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), has temporarily suspended all of its protests pending the resolution of a court case it has initiated against the proscription of its activities.
Members of the Islamic sect, popularly called Shiites, have protested for years for the release of their spiritual leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who has been in detention for nearly four years.
El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zinat, were arrested in Kaduna in December 2015 after soldiers killed over 300 IMN members for allegedly throwing stones at the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, an act declared by the Army to be an assassination attempt.
Many members of the sect have been killed in the past year during protests where they clashed with police officers, as well as troops of the Nigerian Army.
A recent protest that led to the death of a Deputy Commissioner of Police and a National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) member eventually led the Federal Government to secure a court order to proscribe the group’s activities and brand it a terrorist organisation.