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Security agencies are now free to take any action against “troublesome” Shiites – Presidency

Shiites protest on Tuesday at the National Assembly in Abuja

Following the proscription of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, the Presidency has stated that security agencies were now empowered to take any action against the group.

“What that means is that the law enforcement agencies in the country have the right to take whatever steps necessary to deal with their activities,” Mr. Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, stated on Monday on Channels TV.

Naija Buzz News had reported how an Abuja Federal High Court granted the Federal Government an order to ban the group and declare them a terrorist organization.

Mr. Shehu noted that the proscription worked well in Kaduna State and the Shiites whom he described as “troublesome” left Kaduna to settle in Abuja.

“In Kaduna, it worked; these troublesome people were chased out of the state. They no longer have a foothold there. They moved over to Abuja and that is why we have them here,” adding that the court order would be enforced.

He further advised the group to better not stage another protest because they are not allowed to protest anymore.

On the alleged refusal to release the Shiites leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Presidency noted that the court order on his release was just on one of the matters he was being held for.

We had few weeks ago reported how the Presidency denied claim that El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, were incarcerated purposely by President Buhari. The presidency noted that court was responsible for their detention and not Buhari.

Buhari’s spokesman further noted that the group was not barred from practicing their religion, but from protesting.

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