Mohammed Adamu, the inspector-general of Police, has said members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, the largest Shi’ite sect in Nigeria, will be treated as terrorists.
The IGP also described the activities of the group as a calculated attempt targeted at plunging Nigeria into ethno-religious war.
The Police chief, while stating that 63 members of the group, including seven women, have been arrested, said henceforth, the Police and other security agencies will arrest and prosecute any member of the IMN.
This was disclosed on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at the Force headquarters in Abuja by Adamu during the monthly meeting with senior police officers.
On the actions that will be taken by the police and other security agencies, the IG said: “We have arrested 63 people including seven women. If the members decide to come out again, we will get them arrested and we shall prosecute them under the Terrorism Act of 2013 as amended.
“The Police and other security agencies are fully committed to giving full effect to this judicial pronouncement in the interest of our internal security and national cohesion.”
He urged for the support of members of the public in the provision of information that will aid in the identification of the locations of the IMN members and their mentors as well as in working with the police in apprehending and bringing them to justice.
He however clarified that Nigeria is a secular State with constitution provisions guaranteeing the freedom to practice our faiths. This, however, must be exercised in a manner that will not threaten our national security.
The police chief also emphasized: “While all adherents of the Shiite Sect in Nigeria remain free to continue to practice their faith and shall be guaranteed adequate security to so do as the Judicial Order does not stop them, the El-Zakzaky-led Shiite Islamic Movement in Nigeria which does not recognise nor accept the Constitution and Government of the Federation is the sole organisation that has been classified as a terrorist organisation and proscribed.”
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