The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the arrest of all identified Shi’ite leaders across the country, The Punch reports.
Adamu has also directed a team of special police to destroy Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) structures in the country immediately.
He blamed the group for the death of the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations, Federal Capital Territory Police Command, Umar Usman, and a youth corps member, Precious Owolabi as a result of their violent protest on July 22 in Abuja.
In a signal to the operatives dated August 30, 2019, The IGP said the force would not allow the Shi’ite members to violate the proscription of the IMN by the court.
The signal, sighted by a Punch correspondent on Saturday, read in part:
“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.
“You are to inform me of your action for discreet investigation and possible prosecution of violators of the proscription order. Treat as very important.”
Recall that the Shi’ites had been protesting the detention of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, for over three years by the Department of State Services.
The Nigerian Government had on July 30, 2019, proscribed the Islamic Movement in Nigeria following a July 26, 2019 court order which designated the activities of the Shi’ites organisation in any part of Nigeria “as acts of terrorism and illegality.”