- An organisation has called on the federal government to declare the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) as a terrorist group
- The coalition alleged that the group received over $20 million donation recently from the country to fund terrorism activities in the country
- According to the coalition, IMN is an affiliate of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP)
Coalition for Nigeria, a civil society organisation, said it has uncovered plots by Iran and the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) to terrorize Nigeria.
The coalition claimed that Iran is discreetly breeding another terrorism sect in Nigeria through IMN extremists, saying that the group allegedly received over $20 million donation recently from the country to fund terrorism activities in the country.
Speaking at a press conference, the national convener of the organisation, Sabo Odeh, said IMN is an affiliate of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) and should be declared a terrorist group.
Odeh also called on the Nigerian government and particularly, the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice to expedite action on designating the IMN sect a terrorist’s organization to finally lay to rest the tormenting “ghosts of these monsters and religious extremists.”
The group said IMN’s leaders from Sheik Ibraheem El Zakzaky to those at the lower rungs of leadership of this religious extremists or violent sect have never hidden its affiliation to ISIS and the Republic of Iran.
Odeh alleged that the federal authorities are handling the group with kid gloves.
He also alleged that members of the group have been caught many times in possession of illegal fire arms and ammunition while on the so-called public protests.
"Nigerians were again assailed by the impudently ferocious, cruel and crude exhibition of violence against the Nigerian state and security agents a few days back," Odeh said.
"The IMN sect members in hundreds of thousands sneaked into Abuja and besieged the gates of the National Assembly Complex in the guise of protests to commemorate the 68th birthday anniversary of IMN’s spiritual leader, El-Zakzaky.
"We dare say, the Nigerian Government particularly the AGF/Minister of Justice is senselessly romancing an emerging terror sect in the country," he said.
The group added that nobody or group has the legal right to operate under its banner anywhere in Nigeria as they constantly assemble to violently invade Abuja.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to release the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki.
The president of CAN, Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, in a press conference at the Nigerian Baptist Convention, held at Baptist Seminary, Ogbomoso called on the president to also negotiate with Boko Haram terrorists for the release of Leah Sharibu and other girls held hostage.
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