Kaduna government orders arrest of Shiite spokesperson

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The Kaduna State Government has ordered the arrest and prosecution of Ibrahim Musa, the spokesperson of the Shiite group, Islamic Movement of Nigeria.

Mr. Musa speaks for and signs press statements for the group which was banned by the Kaduna State Government on Friday.

Mr. Musa, after the announcement of the ban, signed a statement on behalf of the group saying the IMN would seek redress in court.

The IMN accused the Kaduna government of injustice especially as the soldiers who killed over 300 members of the group within three days in December last year had not been prosecuted.

The extrajudicial killing of the Shiites has been condemned by local and international groups including Amnesty International. The Army justified its actions by saying the Shiites blocked a major road in a plot to kill Nigeria’s Army chief, Tukur Buratai. The IMN has denied that allegation.

A panel set up the Kaduna government to investigate the crisis was boycotted by the IMN which demanded that its leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, be released first.

Mr. El-Zakzaky is still being held by the federal government without any court order.

Read Kaduna government’s full statement ordering the Shiite’s spokesperson’s arrest below

The Kaduna State Government has ordered the arrest and subsequent prosecution of one Ibrahim Musa who has owned up to being the spokesperson of an unlawful society, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).

An order declaring the IMN as an unlawful society in Kaduna State went into effect on Friday, 7th October 2016. Violation of this order attracts penalty of imprisonment for seven years or a fine or both, according to sections 97a and 97b of the Penal Code.

A few hours after the commencement of the Order, the said Ibrahim Musa admitted to membership of an unlawful society and identified himself as its spokesman in widely publicized statements. This is deemed as a deliberate and determined affront to the order, and the law has to take its course.

The Commissioner of Police has been directed to ensure the arrest to enable prompt prosecution by the Kaduna State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice.

All security agencies in the state have been directed to vigorously enforce the law, and demonstrate clear resolve by arresting the said Ibrahim Musa, who is further advised to report himself to the nearest police station or any of the security agencies.

Government cannot allow the laws of the state to be wantonly tested and confronted by anyone or group who might have the mistaken belief that they are above the law.

The Kaduna State Government wishes to reiterate that it fully respects freedom of religion and other rights as guaranteed by Sections 38 and 40 of the 1999 Constitution. The same Constitution imposes an obligation on government to secure the state and protect every citizen against infringement of their rights by others.

Drawing on powers vested by Section 45(1) of the Constitution, and Section 97a of the Penal Code, the governor signed an order declaring the IMN as an unlawful society in the interest of public order and to protect the rights and freedoms of all persons in Kaduna State.


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  • Aminu Baba

    To fully demonstrate its resolve to enforce this law, the KDGSG should set a clear example with this Musa of a man. He must never escape this effrontery. We are waiting for other states under the scourge of this group to follow suit

    • Solomon Brown

      You guys have really got to stop going against the constitution, which guarantees freedom of religion and association, not just for Sunni Moslems but for every one.

      • Aminu Baba

        IYou guys, you guys. I mean @John A and @ Solomon Brown; what laws and what constitution are u talking about? The guy has just so daftly violated both and you are here defending rascality A law is lawfully passed by a whole state government banning your group and you foolishly went to press, after the effective date, signing very highly provocative statements on behalf of the same banned group! Now stop talking rubbish guys

        • Solomon Brown

          Hey look here Mr I know it all. The governor does not wake up and with the stroke of his pen write new laws, that is the job of the state assembly. Take your ignorance elsewhere and stop embarrassing yourself in public.

    • John A

      Mr. Musa, after the announcement of the ban, signed a statement on behalf of the group saying the IMN would seek redress in court.

      Is that a criminal offence to seek redress in court. you guys must be smoking something.

      • suuru20

        Yes brother, it becomes a criminal offence from the moment of the ban announcement unless otherwise determined by a superior court of law

    • Aminu Baba

      You guys, you guys. I mean John A and Solimin Brown; what laws and what constitution are talking about? The guy has just so daftly violated both and you are here defending rascals! A law is lawfully passed by a whole state government banning your group and went to press, after the effective date, signing very highly provocative statements on behalf of the same banned group! Stop talking rubbish guys

  • Owo

    @ solomon brown why not demand freedom of religion for boko haram too. dont you know the same constitution puts limitations to the freedom?

    • Solomon Brown

      You are as dumb as a rock, you should be banned from thinking.

  • Charlie

    Is Kaduna still part of Nigeria? According to the constitution, there is freedom of religion and freedom of association that are not derived from the government. Government cannot take away anyone’s right unless he/she committed a crime. Where is the NBA when you need them to stand up for justice? I guess they are nowhere to be found unless when they are standing up for corrupt judges.

  • Excisionist

    This is totally outrageous ! These people are much better than the Sunni Muslims who are responsible for the most heinous terrorism both in Nigeria and around the world. Most importantly, the Nigerian constitution guarantees their rights. No one has the right to outlaw them. This is not a military dictatorship where there is no rule of law.

    If their oppressors succeed, who know what organisation they may outlaw next – the Catholic church ? Afanifere?
    These political / religious dictators must be resisted

  • Muhammad

    Freedom of speech is for both ignorants and the knowledgeable .
    The responsibility of the state is to ensure that those who exercise their kind of freedom along with actions that tend to be unsafe for the same liberties by others are checked .
    It is for the symbol of excesses and immodesty to reclaim its identity as normal by law .
    The believe of the restricted identity or idealistic supporters is not useful , in isolation of the history that must have informed the necessary action to protect the moderate against the established excesses .

    • Dan Hausa

      Who is the moderate and who is the extremist among Muslims in Nigeria? There is no extremism worse than Wahabist Sunni Islam