The Kano state government has been arraigned before the Federal High Court by the All Ja’fariyya Development Association and one Abdullahi Hassan Adamu seeking an order for the enforcement of their fundamental rights to life.
is contained in an affidavit filed before the Federal High Court in
Kano that is also seeking in addition, fair hearing, freedom of
thought, conscience and religion, peaceful assembly and association
as well as freedom of movement.
group is also seeking court order for freedom from discrimination as
contained in the sections 33, 36(1), 40, 41 and 42(1) of the 1999
Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
is also seeking this as contained in the African Charter on Human and
People’s Right (Enforcement Procedure and Ratification Act) Cap 10
Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990.
as second and third respondents in the case are the Commissioner of
Police, Kano state Command and Attorney General and Commissioner of
Justice, Kano state respectively.
also stated that on the 14th of November, 2016 at Karfi along
Zaria road Kano, a group of Muslims comprising members of his
Association were also holding a peaceful constitutionally guaranteed
procession to commemorate 40 days of the martyrdom of Husain bin Ali
when the Police again descended on them and opened fire with AK47
rifles using life ammunitions consequently killing a number of people
including members of their association.
further accused the respondents of discriminating against them and
their right to assemble peacefully and express their beliefs when
they dispersed their peaceful assembly killing and injuring some of
their members without trial or any just course.
the applicants claim followed a nod given by the state executive
Governor to decisively make life difficult to members of their
association in Kano state when he was visited by a group of some
Islamic preachers propagating hate speech under the name Coalition of
Ulama and Civil Societies who urged the state Governor to take
punitive and harsh measures against the Shiite adherents and the he
addition, the association is seeking the court to direct the
respondents to jointly pay the applicants the sum of N500,000,000:00
(Five hundred million naira only) as compensation for violating their
fundamental human rights to which they are entitled.