The Sokoto State Police Command has arrested no less than 26 people, including eight members of the Nigerian Islamic Movement (IMN) for alleged public disturbances in the state.
On Friday, September 13 in Sokoto, Ibrahim Kaoje, the state police commissioner, told reporters that the suspects were arrested in various parts of the state. He said that on September 10, the outlawed Islamic movement in Nigeria, popularly known as the Shi’ite, contested the federal government’s order and came to celebrate Ashura.
“They left the local government area of Illela to observe the Ashura festival from which they attacked the police and forcibly removed an AK47 rifle from a police officer. After receiving the information, the police attached to the Illela division followed the members of the IMN, arresting eight and recovering the rifle, “he said.
He said the command also arrested two suspects, Saifullahi Aminu and Yusuf Maidamma, for alleged criminal conspiracy, trafficking in women and guilty murders. Kaoje added that the command also arrested a Baito Na high in the village of Dalijan, in the area of the local government of Kebbe and members of his gang after a series of reports of armed robbery and kidnapping against them.
According to him, the members of the band he includes; Kiruwa Shehu, Nura Manu, Muhammadu Dangwanki, Nyako Male, Danairi Kebbe and Lawali Gairi have conspired with Na high to commit various crimes.