UPDATE: IGP Orders Immediate Arrest Of Shiite Leaders
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Saturday, ordered all the Police formations to commence the immediate arrest of all known leaders of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria [IMN], otherwise known as Shi’ite nationwide.
The directive was contained in a signal from the Force Headquarters to all State Police Commands and Zonal Headquarters dated August 30, 2019.
The signal directed strict compliance as well as the immediate dismantling of all the structures of the disbanded group nationwide.
The IGP blamed 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.
The signal reads in part: “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.”
Some 54 Shi’ite members were arrested in the aftermath of the July 22 violent clash between force and the IMN members in Abuja who were protesting the detention of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky who.
Zakzaky had been held in the custody of the Department of State Services [DSS] for over three years by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Frank Mba, is yet to issue an official statement on the latest development.
In the meantime, though, Shi’ites spokesman, Musa Ibrahim, promised to issue a statement in reaction to the IGP’s directive.