Kaduna bans Nigeria’s foremost Shiite group, IMN


The Kaduna State Government has issued an order declaring the Shiite Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, an unlawful society.

The government said the action was taken to preserve peace and security in the state, and to ensure that all persons and organisations are guided by lawful conduct and with due allegiance to the Nigerian state and its constitution.

“The Kaduna state executive council approved the making of this order following deliberations at its meeting of Thursday, 06 October 2016,” Samuel Aruwan, a spokesperson to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, said in a statement on Friday.

Friday’s announcement occurs several months after over 300 members of the Shiite group were killed by soldiers who accused them of blocking a road and plotting to kill the army chief. The IMN denied the charges and said it was mainly targeted in an extra-judicial killing.

To arrive at its decision, the Kaduna government said it relied on the findings of a panel it established to investigate the army’s attack on the Shiite group.

The group had refused to appear before the panel saying it would not do so unless its leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and other members detained by the government are released.

Mr. El-Zakzaky has been held by the government since the December clash and without any court order.

Read the full statement by the Kaduna government on the ban below:

Kaduna declares Islamic Movement in Nigeria unlawful society

The Kaduna State Government has issued an Order declaring the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) an unlawful society. This action is taken in the exercise of the government’s duty to preserve peace and security in the state, and to ensure that all persons and organisations are guided by lawful conduct and with due allegiance to the Nigerian state and its Constitution. The Kaduna state executive council approved the making of this order following deliberations at its meeting of Thursday, 06 October 2016.

The Order, which has been signed by the Governor, draws on powers vested by the Constitution and the laws of Kaduna State. Section 45 (1) of the Constitution categorically vests in the Governor the powers to take such measures and actions as are necessary for the promotion and protection of:

  1. public safety, public order, public morality or public health; or
  2. the rights and freedom of all persons in Kaduna State.

Section 97A of the Penal Code (Cap 110, Laws of Kaduna State, 1991) empowers the Governor to declare as an unlawful society any organisation whose activities are dangerous to the security and good governance of the state.

The Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Zaria Clashes of 12-14 December 2015 found that the IMN is not a registered organisation, that it has a paramilitary wing and that its members do not recognise or respect the laws of the country and the duly constituted authorities that have the responsibility to secure and administer the country.

The Declaration Order noted that since the regrettable events in Zaria which resulted in the loss of 347 lives, the IMN “has overtly continued with unlawful processions, obstruction of public highways, unauthorized occupation of public facilities including schools without regard to the rights of other citizens and the public peace and order of the State”.

The Order noted that “these acts, if allowed to go unchecked will constitute danger to the peace, tranquillity, harmonious coexistence and good governance of Kaduna State”.

The Declaration Order, which comes into effect on Friday, 7 October 2016, provides for the prosecution of persons that may be in breach of its provisions under the laws of Kaduna State:

“Whoever manages, or is a member of the said Society under any appellation or mutation with the propensity of causing the breakdown of law and order, or operates in a manner dangerous to the good governance of the State shall, from commencement of this order, be prosecuted in accordance with the Laws of Kaduna State.”

Sections 97A and 97B of the Penal Code prescribe a penalty of imprisonment for seven years or a fine or both for any person convicted for belonging to an unlawful society.

The Kaduna State Government reaffirms its vigorous commitment to upholding the right of citizens to practice the religion of their choice. These are rights fully protected by Sections 38 and 40 of the Constitution.

Such rights to freedom of thought and worship must however be exercised in ways that do not infringe on the rights of others, and should not subject other people to distress and inconvenience.


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  • Arabakpura

    Sunni: 1 izala 0! Violence does not pay!

    • victoria

      I think the governor have seen something before making that decision. If IMN is a violent organization, then they deserve to be banned, but if they are peaceful then I have problem with that.

      • Arabakpura

        A group that stood up to the army and tried to force them to change the course of their tour cannot be a peaceful organization!

  • Dejandon

    I hope they don’t go underground and start another form of terrorism

    • Bashir

      U can bet. Not sure elrufai can fight this fight

  • Bashir

    This is an unwise decision and kaduna state alone can not ban the organization. U can’t ban an idea that’s in the mind of people across the nation.

  • nixon

    There is no recorded act of violence by the group, even after their leader was kidnapped by the Nigerian govt. this ban is ABSOLUTELY illegal and I hope the group will resist this action be el rufai peacefully. Herdsmen kill and no major action taken by the northern governors, but peaceful groups like this they go after.

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    • Otile

      Don’t encourage him to write any more hagiography for Imam Buhari. Let Buhari write his own biography and say the truth.

  • Usman

    God bless you Mal. Nasir, Zaria has been in peace since they were sent away, please keep Ibrahim Zakzaky away from our city, we pray for more peace, at least the companions of our beloved prophet are no longer castigated in my city.

    • Otile

      You are nothing but a religious bigot.

  • udom Ekemini

    Some who claime there name is madness ar actually mad because they don’t hv solution but confusion. Buhari is d best president. If u don’t like him drink rat poison

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    The Nigerians constitution unequivocally guarantees freedom of religious worship to all citizens. El Rufai probably invoked the Sharia constitution of Sunni Nigerianstan to ban Shiites from worshipping in Kaduna state. Nigeria is sleep-walking into the abyss of a Sunni Islam draconian dictatorship., if this illegality and abuse of the rights of citizens is allowed to stand then there is no need for laws in this country.

    As it stands, the governor of any southern state can wake up one morning and ban Muslims from their state and when that happens no one should make noise because we reserve the rights to ban the herdsmen and their religion as well, they have killed a lot while the Shiites killed no one.

    • Haruna

      Sunni wahabism

      • Smart

        Shia zorostorians (fire worshippers)

    • Smart

      Just as any governor in the north will do to teaming Christians


        The point is that El Rufai has opened a pandora’s box and history will have it that this issue started in the north. You cannot be flouting the constitution on a serial basis whilst expecting to reap from the benefits of the same constitution financially.

    • Smart

      @tawanda The Nigerian constitution unequivocally guarantees freedom of religious worship to all citizens.
      Do shiietes believe in Nigerian constitution?


        It is not for you to judge another, the Shiites are full citizens of this country Nigeria with all rights, privileges and immunities .

      • ebong

        Good question !

  • Haruna

    Is this democracy we are practicing at all. Sam el rufai went to el zazaky shrine to pay condolences when his children were killed during GEJ, and got votes from them. Then they were not an unlawful organization, but today they are. God have mercy on our lunatic leaders. IMN, up to you to choose whom ye serve.

  • smart G

    The next to follow is………

  • Fulani vagabonds in power

    Shocking confession by Musa Abdullah on Biafra, N’Delta* As Received (11/SEP/2016) Good Evening Biafrans, My name is Musa Abdullah from Kano state. I studied at Lagos state University and presently working with Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil. Due to my education, I have been enlightened as to the happenings in Nigeria. We in the North voted for Buhari because he is our brother. We wanted power to return to the North. We knew he cannot fix anything in Nigeria. In our mosques, they always taught us to make sure we remove that infidel call Jonathan. We were meant to hate Jonathan with our spirit, soul and body. Infact, Igbos living in the North were very very lucky. They escaped death by the whiskers through the victory of Baba. Had Baba lost, my brothers where already on standby waiting for instructions to lynch any pig from the South. I was personally in the situation room as things unfold. I felt for the Igbos then. I really pitied them. I knew that my brothers in the North had been brain washed but I dare not speak. I sighed in relief when Baba was declared the winner and my brothers where told to relax, that they should go to the streets and celebrate. That was how the bloodshed was averted to the glory of Allah. I knew something was really wrong with my brothers. Kano gave Buhari the highest vote. It was massively rigged in his favour. That was why the INEC officer in charge of Kano was burnt alive with his family after the election to cover up the rigging. I wept for my people. Now what are we seeing? Baba has abandoned us. My brothers in the North are dying every day of hunger. Prices of things are so high, we can’t even eat three square meal a day. My Northern Elders are not worried.

  • Lt. Col. Mariam

    Expect him to also ban Christianity in the entire state. Such a slippery slope here. Brace yourselves for araba!!!!

    • Weytin





  • There can be no smoke without fire. The Governor have done the right thing as far as am concern. In fact all these religious bigots group should be banned in Nigeria by FG. Any group That can face the government in gun battle in no more a religious group but a cult. The Muslims in the southwest that I know are peaceful and loving people. Even the northerners living here in Lagos that I have known since I was born here in Lagos and now 43 years of age, I have always known the Muslims to be peaceful and loving here in Lagos. Only in the north you hear all manner of demonic groups called Muslims. The federal government should follow the step of Kaduna state and put a stop to any radical cult group operating under the disguise of Islam. As a Christian, any christian group that will take the guns to face the state army is not a Christian group. Nigeria is a loving state and the people are beautiful and loving.

  • George

    El-rufai is evil man who authorized the killing and detention of that man and he turned around inviting people to penal inquiry why their leader is still in prison and expected the people to obey.

    Mallams are terrible people.