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Islamic group denies plotting reprisal attacks

03 March 2016, 09:49Okoro Chinedu

Lagos – The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) has denied plans to avenge the mass killings done by the army over the years.

These attacks include ones carried out in Zaria late last year.

Ibrahim Musa, spokesperson of the movement, said the group’s attention had been drawn to a report by some online media sites captioned: Alert:

Shiites Threaten Mass Revolt Nationwide.

The report insinuated INM, under the leadership of Sheikh Ibraheem Yaqoub Zakzaky, was planning a revenge mission.

He said the story was predicated on an extracted part of a speech by a member of the Islamic Movement in Kano, which was taken out of context.

“We hereby categorically deny that there is any plan to 'hit back at the army and other symbols of authority' as claimed by the report,” Musa said.

Also read: Nigerian Shi'ites claim Buhari flouting due process

“This is only a ploy to start series of false flag operations whereby attacks will be staged somewhere and these will be attributed to the Islamic Movement as a 'revenge attacks'.”

Musa said it would be recalled security operatives had for long had a history of planning such attacks, especially when all efforts to justify their atrocities failed.

“Similar plots were exposed soon after the daylight cold-blooded murder of 34 members of IMN in 2014,” Musa stated.

“It must be made clear however that any such attacks, now or in the future, is not by the Movement or its members as we wish to reiterate that the Islamic Movement in Nigeria has never ever even contemplated taking up arms or use of violence as a means to achieving our aims.”

Musa said IMN remained committed to its non-violent ways of extending its message of fairness and justice to all irrespective of sect or religion. 

- CAJ News

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