Kaduna police confirms arrest of 4 IMN members

Kaduna police confirms arrest of 4 IMN members

In a statement issued in Kaduna Tuesday evening, Spokesman of the police command,
Yakubu Sabo said while trying to disperse what it called unlawful procession by a member
of the IMN, policemen can under attack by some unruly members of the movement.

“On sighting the Police, the protesters started throwing stones at them, hitting them with iron bolts using catapults. The situation became very tensed and members became violent and unruly” he said.

The statement reads: 

“Today at about 0655hrs, we received an information that members of the outlawed Islamic
Movement of Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shiites came out en-mass along
Nnamdi Azikiwe Expressway Kaduna and at Kasuwan Mata area of Zaria city
respectively on procession in respect of the annual Ashura Day, blocking the public highways,
causing traffic jam and molesting commuters. They were chanting slogans and demanding the
unconditional release of their spiritual leader Sheikh Ibrahim Elzak-Zaky despite an earlier warning by the Command yesterday.
“It is on record that both the federal government of Nigeria and the government of
Kaduna State have separately proscribed the group recently. Thus, teams of Policemen quickly
dispatched to the areas with a view to dispersing the unlawful assembly and to manage the traffic.
However, on sighting the Police, the protesters started throwing stones at them, hitting
them with iron bolts using catapults. The situation became very tensed and members
became violent and unruly.
“In view of these, therefore, the minimum force was used in dispersing them.
Four suspects were so far arrested and are being investigated. We have also recovered
some exhibits which include catapults and iron bolts. The Police succeeded in dispersing
the unlawful assembly and brought the situation under firm control. Meanwhile,
patrols are being intensified to avert any possible breach of peace.
Members of the public are going about their lawful businesses without hindrance.
“The Command also wants to make it on record that, up to now it has not formally
received any report of death casualties as claimed by the proscribed group earlier today.
The Command, therefore, wants to reiterate its warning that, the
Kaduna State government has placed a ban on procession in the
State and to remind members of the IMN that the proscription placed on the group
by the federal government of Nigeria and the government of Kaduna State is still in force.
The Nigeria Police will always enforce the lawful Order accordingly.
“Members of the public are advised to go about their lawful businesses and to report any
suspicious behavior to the police or any law enforcement agency nearest to them,” he said.

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