IG Orders Arrest of Shi’ites Leaders Nationwide, Dismantling of Structures

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has ordered all police formations in the country to begin immediate arrest of all leaders of the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shi’ites.

The order, according to a signal from the Police Headquarters to all state Police Commands dated August 30, 2019 directed all state commands to treat as important and ensure strict compliance.

The IGP blamed the group for the July 22 riot during which the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations, Federal Capital Territory Police Command, Umar Usman and a youth corps member, Precious Owolabi, were killed which prompted the federal government to proscribe the group.

The signal reads, “As you are aware that this necessitated the setting up of a special investigation team of inquiry. The team had gone far in its investigations.

“You will also recall that given the odious activities of the movement, the Federal Government obtained an order proscribing the group.

“NIGPOL FORCID directs you ensure that identified leaders of the group and their structures are dismantled and their activities contained.

“You are to inform me of your action for discreet investigation and possible prosecution of violators of the proscription order. Treat as very important.”

The spokesman of the group, Musa Ibrahim, said the leadership was aware of the IGP’s order and that a statement would be issued on Sunday to that effect.


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