28-04-2019 /2019-04-24/Lawmakers quickly adjourn plenary as Shiite protesters break into National Assembly
Lawmakers quickly adjourn plenary as Shiite protesters break into National Assembly
The House of Representatives on Wednesday, April 24, quickly ended its sitting after the presiding officer announced that protesting members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria known as Shiites crashed into a gate of the National Assembly.
Yusuf Lasun, the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, announced that the protesters, members of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) crashed into the first gate of the National Assembly.
Premium Times reports that the development forced the legislators to abruptly adjourn their plenary which was on before the announcement.
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Recall that Legit.ng reported that members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) who are known as Shiites took to the National Assembly to block the main gate over the continued detention of their leader, Ibrahim Zakzakky.
The protest took place on Wednesday, January 23. The members who were more than a hundred called for the release of their leader. Their action forced the security men at the gate to close it as the protest continued.
Meanwhile, the leader of the IMN, El-Zakzaky, was reported suffering from glaucoma and has completely lost one of his eyes, his lead counsel, Femi Falana, told a court in Kaduna on Tuesday, January 22.
The senior lawyer said this when the case against El-Zakzaky came up for hearing at the high court, according to a report by Daily Independent.
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The report also said Falana made a case for Zeenat, the wife of El-Zakzaky, saying there were bullets yet to be extracted from her system.
He said his legal team was concerned about the state of health of El-Zakzaky and his wife. However, the counsel to the Kaduna state government, Dari Bayero, noted that two defendants in the case were dropped remaining the sect leader and his wife.
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