Nigeria: FG gazettes court order proscribing Islamic Movement of Nigeria, as IG orders clampdown
London, July 31, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Federal Government of Nigeria has published in its official gazette the court order proscribing the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, led by detained Ibraheem-El-Zakzaky,
The order was published in the gazette on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the arrest of the members of the sect and their leaders nationwide
The Federal High Court in Abuja, which issued the proscription order on July 26, ordered the Federal Government to publish the order in its gazette and in two national dailies.
The newspaper publication in two dailies has since been done.
A copy of the gazette seen by The PUNCH on Tuesday, described it as “Government Notice No. 79”.
It is titled, ‘Terrorism (Prevention) Proscription Order Notice, 2019.’
Pages B597 to 602 of the document contained details of the enrolled order of the Federal High Court and the Federal Government’s warning against participating in IMN’s activities.
The notice read in part, “Notice is hereby given that by the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja, in suit No. FHC/ABJ/Cs/876/2019 dated July 26, 2019 as per the schedule to this notice, the activities of Islamic Movement in Nigeria are declared to be terrorism and illegal in any part of Nigeria, as proscribed, pursuant to Sections 1 and 2 of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2011 (as amended).
“Consequently, the general public is hereby warned that any person or group of persons participating in any manner whatsoever in any form of activities involving or concerning the prosecution of the collective intentions or otherwise of the said group will be violating the provisions of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2011 (as amended) and liable to prosecution.
“(This notice shall be cited as the Terrorism (Prevention) Proscription Order Notice 2019.”
Saturday PUNCH had reported exclusively that the Federal Government obtained the ex parte order on Friday, about three days after a bloody clash between members of the group and police in Abuja claimed the lives of the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, Federal Capital Territory Command, Usman Umar, and a Channels TV journalist, Precious Owolabi.
Justice Nkeonye Maha in her ruling on Friday ordered the proscription of the organisation.
The judge also designated the activities of the sect in any part of Nigeria “as acts of terrorism and illegality.”
IGP Adamu stated that the Shi’ites would be treated like terrorists and Nigeria’s enemies and prosecuted under the Terrorism Act, including anyone associating with them in any way that could advance their activities in the country.
Disclosing this at the monthly IG conference with senior police officers in Abuja on Tuesday, Adamu said “all forms of procession or protest by IMN are now illegal and thus banned.”
He added that the 63 IMN members including seven women arrested for rioting would be prosecuted.
The IG noted that the activities of the IMN led by Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky had over time evolved to constitute a grave threat to national security, law and order, socio-religious harmony, peace, good governance and Nigeria’s sovereign integrity.
The police chief further alleged that the sect members were similarly involved in extreme radicalism, terror-related activities, violence and other unlawful activities. These, he said, were inimical to national security interest, good governance, and the corporate existence of Nigeria.
Adamu also said the sect had pledged allegiance to foreign countries from which they enjoyed political, financial and training support with the aim of advancing their intents to “destabilise Nigeria from within.”
He accused them of unauthorised blocking of public highways, mounting illegal roadblocks, imposing illegal curfews and checkpoints, raiding security assets, preventing of arrest of their members, invading of court premises to abort legal proceedings involving IMN members, and refusing to submit to ordinary security checks and attacks on security agents which led to the death of many Nigerians.
The Force also said the IMN set up a paramilitary guard known as ‘HURRAS’ through which the group had been terrorising local residents.
The Shi’ites, according to the police, also instituted unregistered security outfits and performed paramilitary ceremonies, including hoisting flags, combat exercises, parades and inspection by the IMN leader reminiscent of a state authority.