Kaduna government orders arrest of Shiites’ spokesman
Following the rejection of a ban order by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), the Kaduna State government has ordered the arrest and prosecution of its spokesman, Ibrahim Musa.
A statement yesterday by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, said: “The order declaring the IMN as an unlawful society in Kaduna State took effect from October 7, 2016. A violation of this order attracts a penalty of imprisonment for seven years or a fine or both, in accordance with sections 97a and 97b of the Penal Code.”
The statement said since Musa had agreed to be the spokesman of the unlawful society in Kaduna, he would be prosecuted.
According to Aruwa: “A few hours after the commencement of the order, the said Ibrahim Musa admitted to membership of the 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 a prompt prosecution by the state attorney general and commissioner of justice. All security agencies in the state have been directed to enforce the law by arresting the said Musa. He is further advised to report himself to the nearest police station or any of the security agencies.”
The statement added: “Government cannot allow the laws of the state to be wantonly tested and confronted by any one or group who might have the mistaken belief that they are above the law.”
Aruwan said the state respects the freedom of religion and other rights as guaranteed by Sections 38 and 40 of the 1999 Constitution.”
According to the special assistant: “The same constitution imposes an obligation on government to secure the state and protect every citizen against the infringement on their rights by others.”