The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiites Sect, has decried what they viewed as an attempt by the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) to rope them with terrorist tag with their activities proscribed.
This is coming on the heels of the clampdown on IMN by a joint security force made up of Police and Army in Abuja from October 27-30, 2018 where over 400 of the Shiites were arrested while at least 48 others were allegedly killed.
IMN noted that the NOF had in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Jimoh Moshood, on October 30, 2018, made every effort to demonize the Movement to the extent of falsely ascribing terror laden acts to it and placing it on red alert.
According to the President IMN Media Forum, Mr. Ibrahim Musa, the statement by Moshood claimed that the Police have arrested about 400 members of the movement and they are going to be charged to court for terrorism.
Musa in a statement on Thursday dismiss any attempt to link the IMN to acts of terrorism, noting that “the philosophy and ideology of Shia abhors bloodshed.
“This justifies why there is no single Shia group that is in any way linked to terrorism across the world and we are not an exception. Terrorism is not in our character and will never be”.
He reminded that in the statement issued on October 29, 2018 , he made it categorically clear that there is a plot use the Arbaeen to intimidate and implicate the movement.
“It has come to our notice that Nigerian security apparatus has commissioned its men and paid agents to massively infiltrate the Arbaeen procession scheduled to hold in Abuja in the coming days to induce violence with the view to smearing the movement in the eyes of the world once and for all” the statement declared.
Musa further stated: “The Islamic Movement in Nigeria hereby dissociates itself from the deliberate mischief and narration of impounding petrol bombs and burning police vehicle. This is the plot of the security agents and those instructing them from behind the scene in order to blackmail the movement.
“We wish to remind the Nigeria Police that we as Nigerians have the constitutional right to practice our religion or belief, assemble, express ourselves and protest as enshrined in Article 38 of The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Freedom of Religion and cannot therefore be denied with the scare of mischievously placing the movement on RED ALERT.
“We hereby call on the general public not to be deceived by the false allegations and executive lies being spread with the intention of blackmailing the peaceful movement and depicting it as violent even without any traces of violence in it’s almost 40 years of existence.”