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Police IG orders arrest of Shiites leaders nationwide and the dismantling of their structures

Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Shiites).

Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General of Police, has reportedly ordered the arrest of all leaders of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (aka Shiites) in Nigeria.

The IGP also ordered police operatives to dismantle all Shiites structures in the country.

According to the IG, the order was in-line with the proscription of the group by the Federal Government, following an order issued by Justice Nkeonye Maha of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Following the July clash between the group and operatives of the Nigeria Police, the Federal Government had declared the group a terrorist organization and consequently barred its activities.

“You will also recall that given the odious activities of the movement, the Federal Government obtained an order proscribing the group.

“NIGPOL FORCID (Nigeria Police Force Criminal Investigation Department) directs you (to) ensure that identified leaders of the group and their structures are dismantled and their activities contained,” Police IG ordered.

Adamu noted that the police would not allow Shiite members to violate the proscription order issued by the court.

The police boss, in the signal sent to the police nationwide, blamed the Shiite group for the death of Umar Usman, the Abuja Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations); and Precious Owolabi, an NYSC member serving with Channels TV.

Usman and Owolabi were killed in July following Shiite protest in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) that turned violent after the group clashed with police operatives. Apart from the two victims, many other members of the group were gunned down by the police.

The police also arrested many members of the group who were protesting over the incarceration of their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, since December 2015 by the Department of State Services (DSS).

El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, have been under DSS custody since 2015 following a clash between in followers and the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.

Sheikh El-Zakzaky was recently accused by the Federal Government of trying to replicate the 1979 Iran revolution in Nigeria.

Naija Buzz News published everything you need to know regarding the Shiite group disagreement with the Nigerian Government.

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