..orders special police team to dismantle Shi’ites’ structures Godsgift Onyedinefu The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the arrest of all identified leaders of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shi’ites across the country. The IGP also directed a team of special police to dismantle the structures of the IMN…

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the arrest of all identified leaders of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shi’ites across the country.

The IGP also directed a team of special police to dismantle the structures of the IMN in the country immediately.

Adamu, in a signal to the operatives dated August 30, 2019, said the force would not allow the Shi’ite members to violate the proscription of the IMN by the court.

He blamed the violent protest by the group on July 22 for the killing of the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations, Federal Capital Territory Police Command, Umar Usman, and a youth corps member, Precious Owolabi.

The IG further stated that a special investigation team set up to probe the murder had gone far in its investigations.

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

“NIGPOL FORCID (Nigeria Police Force Criminal Investigation Department) directs you (to) 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 police had earlier arrested 54 Shi’ite members after the July 22 violent clash between the force and the IMN members in Abuja.

The IMN spokesman, Musa Ibrahim, reacting to the IGP’s order said the group’s leadership was aware of the IG’s order, adding that a statement would be issued Sunday

The Federal Government had on July 30, 2019, proscribed the Islamic Movement in Nigeria following a July 26, 2019 court order which designated the activities of the Shi’ites organisation in any part of Nigeria “as acts of terrorism and illegality.”

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