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FG 'preparing Nigerian army for war with Shiite Muslims'

24 August 2016, 07:07

Lagos - The Federal Government is reportedly preparing the Army for war against Shiite Muslims in Yobe State after a large group of military staff encircled the Islamic Centre of the Islamic Movement on Sunday, Naij reports.

According to various reports, soldiers have been reinforcing and patrolling the region for approximately ten days and have been intimidating locals.

Also read: Protesters demand release of detained Shiite leader

Ibrahim Musa, spokesperson for the Islam Movement in Nigeria (IMN) in a statement claimed that the Nigerian army was preparing for an imminent war against the organisation.

"Confirmed reports have it that for the past ten days soldiers have been reinforcing and patrolling the town chanting war songs. Fear of possible attack last Friday during and after Juma’at prayers made people to run in all directions for their lives. Earlier, warnings were made in various mosques by local and traditional leaders in Fika Emirate of an “imminent war” by army in Potiskum," said parts of the statement.

News24 Nigeria reported that IMN recently claimed that security agencies in Nigeria were trying desperately to associate Shiite Muslims with Islamist sect, Boko Haram.

IMN claimed to have received intelligence reports dished out by the security agents insinuating that the Movement were planning a coalition with the terrorist organization Boko Haram.

For more on this story, visit Naij.

- News 24


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