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IMN alleges plan to link it with violence, terrorism


Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as the Shiites, yesterday said they had uncovered a fresh plot to implicate them with violence and terrorism in some parts of the country.

They alleged that the plot was “hatched by the hawks in the security agencies in a desperate move to associate violence and terror to its name (Shiite).

In a statement yesterday, the IMN Spokesman, Malam Ibrahim Musa, said that according to this devilish plot, some people would be publicly displayed to the media and be accused of teaming up with armed bandits of Birnin Gwari in Kaduna State to stage a terror attack in the name of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

“It is not surprising that security agencies will desperately go to any length in their attempt at portraying Islamic Movement as a terror group, seeing that they have woefully failed in previous attempts simply because violence is not just in the character of the Islamic Movement.

“Certain faceless groups were contracted to dish out press releases in the name of civil rights groups calling for the declaration of the Islamic Movement as a terror group without basis. Perhaps, they now seek a change in tactics, whereby paid agents would be asked to carry out the terror attacks and attribute it to the Movement.

“Sheikh Zakzaky has never employed the use of violence as a means of re-awakening people to their Islamic responsibilities.

“We once again call on those trying to desperately depict us as lawless, violent and unruly to allow our actions speak for us. The fact that we abhor the use of weapons in our activities is sufficient proof to negate the ugly description they are trying to ascribe to us.

“Nonetheless, we will not relent on our efforts to see that government obeys court judgment that sets our leader free,” the statement said.

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