The Nigeria police seems to have gotten a new mandate from a civil society organization on Saturday, October 8.
The group, Advocates of Social Justice for All (ASJA) during a meeting in Abuja on Saturday called on the inspector general of police Ibrahim Idris and other security agencies to arrest, detain and prosecute any member of Islamic Movement in Nigeria who participate in protest across the country.
The national president of the ASJA Torkuma Venatius while speaking said it is clear the Shiite group has planned protests aimed at breaching peace of citizens across Nigeria.
Venatius the failure by Shiites to call off protests after the order made by Kaduna state government which described the group unlawful is the height of irresponsibility.
He said it is obvious the Islamic group has resolved to test the power of the state knowing that illegal entities will not be allowed to compromise national security.
Venatius said: “This refusal to call off the protests, even after the Kaduna State Government’s decision is a declaration of war on the Nigerian state and government. It is a matter of time before they start planting black flags on public buildings if they are allowed to hold their potentially violent protests.”
“We at ASJA therefore call on all Nigerians with conscience to condemn IMN’s plan breach of the peace without any equivocation. Going ahead with the protests is another example of IMN leaders or the Shiites in Nigeria sending their youths on suicide mission. It is a provocation that is simply not needed at any point in time.
“We therefore urge the federal government to direct security agencies, particularly the police to arrest, investigate and prosecute anyone c@ught planning to or taking part in the protests since Kaduna state government has exposed them as operating illegally,” Venatius said.
He added that Nigerians cannot continue to live under increasing threat from the Shiite group.
“Their demand that their leader who would likely be facing terror charges once arraigned in court should be released unconditionally is therefore not acceptable.
“We are expecting that the government would try him for the offences he committed just like several groups have been demanding all over the world,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna state government on Friday, October 7, banned the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and their activities across the state.
The state government in order declared the group unlawful and slated a seven years jail term as punishment to members of the group who continue to participate in the Shiite activities.
However, the IMN reacting to the ban said, the Kaduna state governor Nasir el-Rufai was wrong in his declaration.
The group accused the governor of using the ban to cover up for the extra judicial killing of some of its members and the prolonged detention of its leader Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.