The prominent Shiite group in Nigeria, Islamic Movement of Nigeria IMN, have been banned from embarking on religious processions in Kano state.
The group’s activities have also been prohibited in some other North Western states like, Kaduna, Katsina and Kebbi states and declared ‘Unlawful’.
These processions are related to the Zaria massacre of over 300 members of the group by the Nigerian Army who accused the group of blocking a road in an attempt to murder the Army Chief of Staff , Tukur Buratai.
It is reported that, the sad incident led to the arrest of the Shiites leader, El-Zakzaky and some members of the group, whose detention they protest and demand their freedom.
The Kano State Command through the command spokesperson, Magaji Majiya issued a warning to all persons who organize and conduct processions in the name of religious rights.
It stated that, ‘the command will not relent in ensuring law and order prevail on any religious group or sect that is trying to become a threat to the public peace and order.’
It was further stated by the command that, the right to practice a religion of one’s choice should not be a ground for abuse and a threat to the peace and security in the state.
Source: Premium Times
Written by Okolo Ezinne