The Federal Government has officially banned the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), known as Shi’ites Group and their activities in the nation as a whole.
This was announced by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu in a press conference in Abuja earlier today. The IGP had stated today July 30th as the effective date of the ban, noting that anyone who is associated with the group or furthering its agenda will be treated as a terrorist and an enemy of the state.
Prior to this, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had on Friday July 26th, declared the group led by the detained Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky a terrorist organisation, following an ex parte application filed by the Federal Government. This was due to the incessant attack the group has been having with the Police in Abuja, protesting the release of their leader who had been detained by the FG since 2015.
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The protests have always been bloody as many belonging to both the group and the Police force have been killed. Their most recent attack a week ago saw the death of a senior police officer, DCP Usman Musa and Channels Television Corps member, Precious Owolabi, who was hit by stray bullet while gathering news.
The ban, however, has caused a controversy, as some people are of the opinion that it is imposing the nation to danger. Femi Aribisala, a columnist said the decision is a catastrophic blunder, illegal and an infringement on the freedom of religion. “The decision of the Nigerian government to proscribe the Shi’ites Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) and to declare it officially as a terrorist organization is a catastrophic blunder. In the first instance, the decision is illegal and unconstitutional. It is a blatant infringement on the freedom of religion guaranteed under the Nigerian Constitution“, he said.