The police in Plateau State have arrested 45 Shi’a Muslims, accusing them of disrupting public peace during a banned procession on Wednesday, police spokesperson, Terna Tyopev, said Thursday.
Mr. Tyopev told PREMIUM TIMES that the leader of the group, Adamu Tsoho, was at large.
“Yesterday (Wednesday) we arrested 45 members of the Nigeria Shiite for disrupting public peace, 26 of them are females and 17 males; we had advised leader of the group Adamu Tsoho, not to embark on the procession,” he said.
“The leader wrote to us on Monday 10th October 2016 soliciting to embark on the procession, but we objected, we replied his letter on Tuesday 11th of October 2016, in writing, asking not embark on the procession; we handed the letter to him in person, but he went ahead against our order.”
The police spokesman said those arrested would be charged to court.
Meanwhile, leader of the group, Mr. Tsoho, on Thursday threatened to set the state alight if the police continued with the arrests.
He call on the governor, Simon Lalong, to call to order security operatives, the Izala and Falafiaya Islamic sects, to order.