- A forum has called on the federal government to ban all Shiite member from accessing Abuja
- The forum said the attack on security agencies by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria is an attempt to overthrow an arm of government
- According to the forum, the government of the day is treating issues of the IMN with a kid's glove
A democratic forum on Wednesday, July 9, condemned the alleged invasion of the National Assembly by some members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shiites.
The National Democratic Forum describing the attack on security agencies as an attempt to overthrow an arm of government it wondered why the authorities have continued to threat the issue of the IMN with kids gloves.
Speaking during a press briefing, the secretary general of NDF, Abdulakdir Bolaji, urged the federal government to immediately expel all known IMN members from Abuja and its environs.
Demanding the arrest of all those involved in the attack on National Assembly, Bolaji said these suspects must be arraigned for treason and attempt to overthrow the government.
Bolaji said: "The attacks on the National Assembly bear a frightening similarity to these other coordinated terror attacks because of the sheer helplessness that the occupants of these buildings experience for the duration of the barbarity."
Citing the attacks in the north eastern region of Nigerian by insurgents, Bolaji said that at the height of their madness, Boko Haram terrorists never sent their terrorists to attack the National Assembly because they know the implication of such.
He alleged that the Shiites are aware that attacking the National Assembly is to add the crime of treason to whatever other criminality they may already be guilty of.
He said the rap sheet for IMN is therefore growing longer with illegal arms possession, operating as an outlawed group, acquiring military training in violation of the constitution, murder, attempted murder and now treason with attempt to overthrow Nigeria’s democracy.
Bolaji further called on all law enforcement agencies are mandated to dismantle all known cells of the group, in the nation’s capital and across the country.
"The government must also rise up to the occasion and formally designate IMN as a terrorist group in line with existing anti-terrorism legislation. "
"Had the Federal Government towed the line of the Kaduna state government that outlawed this terrorist group perhaps the country would have been saved from the harrowing experience of having the parliament come under attack," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a Police sergeant, Umar Abdullahi, who was among the four people injured during the attack on the National Assembly on Tuesday, July 9.
Abdullahi who was stabbed on his arm was said to have died on Wednesday, July 10.
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