- IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu has stated that individuals are free to be Shiites but not members of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria
- Adamu insisted that the IMN was a terrorist organisation and would be treated as such
- The police boss pointed out that there are Shiites who are not IMN members; and that those individuals are free to carry out their practices
The inspector general of police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, has stated that individuals are free to be Shiites but not members of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).
The police boss made the comment in a chat with Daily Trust in the United Kingdom where he was a member of the federal government’s delegation which met with legal experts and visited some international media outlets in London over the $9.6bn case with Process and Industrial Development (P&ID).
Legit.ng gathers that Adamu insisted that the IMN was a terrorist organisation and would be treated as such. He also made clear that not every Shiite was targeted; only those who identified as IMN members.
He said: “No, it’s not every Shiite that is targeted. There is an organisation called the Islamic Movement in Nigeria. That’s the organisation that has been proscribed.
“So, if you’re a member, you’re a terrorist; you denounce being a member of the organisation, behave well and recognise the government, because they don’t recognise our constitution, they don’t recognise constituted authority.
“In as much as you don’t recognise our government and you don’t recognise our constitution and you are a member of that movement, you’re a terrorist. And if you come out to protest or to disrupt the peace of everybody, we treat you as a terrorist.”
When queried about what the response would be if the individuals come out at Shiites and not IMN members, he said: “If they come out as Shiites, they’re free, but not as IMN members.
“You know in the country, we have Shiites who are not members of the IMN. If you remember, during the Ashura period, we made a pronouncement that Shiites were allowed to come out to participate and mark the event, but not as members of the IMN, and that’s very clear enough.”
Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that IGP Mohammed Adamu directed the commissioners of police in all the 36 states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), to put measures in place to avert the planned procession by the IMN.
The order became imperative over a decision by the IMN to proceed on a yearly peaceful Ashura procession, despite its proscription.
A statement by the Force public relations officer, DCP Frank Mba, indicated that the activities of the group remained illegal and would be treated as such.
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