The Nigeria Police says henceforth, any person engaged or associating in any manner that could advance the activities of the Proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria by the Shi’a group shall be treated as a terrorist or enemy of the State.
The Inspector General of the Police IGP Mohammed Adamu made this known in a Conference with senior Police officers in Abuja, Nigeria’s Capital.
Mr. Adamu hinted that following the Judicial Pronouncement of the Federal High Court in Abuja, the government classified the El-Zakzaky led Movement of the Shi’a in Nigeria as a terrorist group and enemy of the State.
IGP Adamu said all forms of procession or protest by the Shi’a group is now illegal and banned.
He lamented that “the activities of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) led by Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky has over time evolved to constitute a grave threat to national security, law and order, socio-religious harmony, peace, good governance and the sovereign integrity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The members of the IMN have engaged in extreme radicalism, series of terror-related activities, violence and other unlawful activities which are inimical to the national security interest, good governance, and the corporate existence of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
The IGP added that “It is obvious from the foregoing that the activities of IMN constitute glaring defiance and/or rebellion against the Nigerian State, calculated efforts to plunge the nation into an ethno-religious war, intimidation of citizens and security agents, disrespect for Nigerian laws and the authority of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
“Their activities also clearly and consistently negate Section 1(2)(A)&(B) of the Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act 2013 and Section 2(1)(A)(B)(C) of the Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act of 2013 and hence, justify their proscription in overriding national security interest.”
The Police Chief charge all strategic Police Commanders to redouble their efforts in ensuring that the lives and properties are protected. That the war against crime is as dynamic as the Society.