Civil society organization, concerned Nigerians, has responded with delight to the discharge and acquittal of members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) by a Kaduna State High Court presided over by Justice Esther Lolo. The group made this know in a statement issued on Friday.
Jointly signed by the group's convener, Mr. Deji Adeyanju, and National Secretary, Mr. John Danfulani, the statement recalled that in reaching her decision, Justice Lolo upheld the “no case submission” entered by IMN's lawyers and declared that the Kaduna State government has failed to prove a prima facie case of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, rioting, disturbance of public peace and against the defendants.
The group added that Justice Lolo’s decision validates the popular perception that the IMN is a victim of persecution by the Kaduna State government.
"It also boosts the confidence of the Nigerian populace as the last hope of the common man. We hope that other courts across the country will reach similar decisions and in so doing, put a stop to the relentless persecution being carried out against members of IMN across various states in Northern Nigeria," the group said.