Olusola Elijah

The Federal Government of Nigeria has officially proscribed the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) following weeks of public activities and clash with the Nigeria Police Force.

The inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, made the announcement today at a press conference in Abuja.

The IG said that all forms of procession or protest by IMN is now illegal and thus banned.

He further revealed that Shi’ites will be treated like terrorists and enemies of state and prosecuted under the Terrorism Act, including anyone associating with them in any way that could advance their activities in the country.

Recall that a Court sitting in Abuja had last week ordered the proscription of IMN over their violent protests which had claimed many lives.

Shi’ites have been protesting for the release of their leader Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who was arrested and detained since 2015 despite court order asking the federal government to release him.