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Kaduna State Govt. Orders Arrest of Spokesperson of Islamic Movement of Nigeria

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Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai

Kaduna State Government has ordered the arrest and subsequent prosecution of one Ibrahim Musa, who has owned up to being the spokesperson of an unlawful society, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).

This is contained in a statement signed by Special Assistant to the state Governor on Media and publicity, Samuel Aruwan

Aruwan said an order declaring the IMN as an unlawful society in Kaduna State took effect from October 7, 2016.

“Violation of this order attracts penalty of imprisonment for seven years or a fine or both, according to sections 97a and 97b of the Penal Code,” he said.

According to him, few hours after the commencement of the Order, Ibrahim admitted membership of an unlawful society and identified himself as its spokesman in widely publicised statements.

“This is deemed as a deliberate and determined affront to the order, and the law has to take its course. The Commissioner of Police has been directed to ensure the arrest to enable prompt prosecution by the Kaduna State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice,” the special assistant said.

He said all security agencies in the state had been directed to vigorously enforce the law, and demonstrate clear resolve by arresting the said Ibrahim.

“Ibrahim has been advised to report himself to the nearest police station or any of the security agencies,” he said.

Aruwan said government could not allow the laws of the state to be wantonly tested and confronted by any one or group who might have the mistaken believe that they are above the law.

“The Kaduna State Government also wishes to reiterate that it fully respects freedom of religion and other rights as guaranteed by Sections 38 and 40 of the 1999 Constitution.

The same Constitution imposes an obligation on government to secure the state and protect every citizen against infringement of their rights by others.

Drawing from powers vested by Section 45(1) of the Constitution, and Section 97a of the Penal Code, the governor signed an order declaring the IMN as an unlawful society in the interest of public order and to protect the rights and freedoms of all persons in Kaduna State,” he added.

4 Comments

  1. Adaure

    October 10, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Unbiased leadership. Well done, Sir!

  2. yemite

    October 10, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Absolutely nonsense order. He as every right to speak as far as rule’s of law is concern. If government ban society such society can protest against the government. Let the law speak not only with the interest of the governor. Don’t intimidate people.

    • Weezy

      October 10, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      Which right to speak does he have? Shay Garba Shehu also has right to speak naw. The Kaduna govt is cracking down on militant islamism and doing it lawfully. They should be applauded.

  3. Liz

    October 10, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Many of the Ethno-religious crises in Kaduna state evolved as a result of little religious organizations like this one. I think the governor should be applauded for trying to check the excesses of this group/society before the turn into something else.

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