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Iran backing El-Zakzaky to make Nigeria an Islamic State – says FG

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Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky is working with Iran to establish an Islamic State in Nigeria, the Federal Government has said.

According to the FG, El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), had the full support of the Iranian government to achieve this aim.

This was contained in a counter-affidavit it filed against IMN’s motion challenging the Federal High Court’s order of July 26 proscribing the group.

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Justice Nkeonye Maha of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court who issued the proscription order, on Wednesday, fixed September 11 for the hearing of the motion filed on behalf of the IMN by Mr. Femi Falana (SAN).

El-Zakzaky had since 2015 been in the detention of the Department of State Services (DSS) following a violent altercation between the IMN and the Nigerian Army.

The group had, in recent times, taken to violent protest to compel the FG to release the Islamic cleric.

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