Nigerian police forces have ordered the arrest of all leaders of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) in the 36 states of the country.
Latest Nigeria News has learned that the guidelines were issued by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, over the weekend.
While directing the immediate dismantling of all group structures dissolved across the country, the PGI declared that the Force under its supervision would not allow Shiite members to violate the sect’s ban by the court.
The PGI blamed the group for the July 22 riots during which the deputy police commissioner in charge of operations, the Federal Capital Territory police command, Umar Usman and a member of the youth corps, Precious Owolabi, were killed .
According to him, “As you are aware that this necessitated the setting up of a special investigation team of inquiry. The team had gone far in its investigations
“You will also recall that given the odious activities of the movement, the Federal Government obtained an order proscribing the group.
When contacted for reaction to the planned onslaught against the IMN leaders, the Shi’ite’s spokesman, Musa Ibrahim, said the group’s leadership was aware of the IG’s order, adding that a statement would be issued today (Sunday).
The Federal Government had on July 30, 2019, proscribed the Islamic Movement in Nigeria following a July 26, 2019 court order which designated the activities of the Shi’ites organisation in any part of Nigeria “as acts of terrorism and illegality.”