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Islamic Movement resists ban by Kaduna government

10 October 2016, 10:01Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has rejected the recent ban by the Kaduna State government as an infringement on followers’ basic rights.

Ibrahim Musa, the IMN spokesperson, denounced the ban as a plot by Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufa’i to further government’s agenda of the massacre of innocent citizens following the massacre of scores of followers in Zaria in December 2015.

On Saturday, el-Rufa’i issued an order declaring the movement as an unlawful society, with a penalty of seven years in jail on its members.

The governor claimed the executive council of Kaduna arrived at the decision based on the already discredited recommendations of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Zaria massacre.

“All the sections cited to premise this decision are wrong,” argued Musa.

Also read: Kaduna State bans IMN

He said the state government based its stance on the recommendations of JCI while keeping mute on violations of rights reported by the same JCI such as extrajudicial murder of 347 people and secretly burying them in mass graves without the consent of their relatives.

“Why didn’t it also talk of prosecuting the Nigerian Army Generals that were fingered out by the Commission as perpetrators of the genocide in Zaria? We cannot be deceived by the hypocritical stance of Governor Elrufa’i.”

Musa said IMN was not distracted by the ban.

“Clearly reason, logic, the law and Constitution, conscience and propriety are all on the side of the Islamic Movement. Nothing can take away our right of as individuals or groups to worship and associate.”

Musa said IMN thus would challenge the ban using “all known peaceful and legal means.”

“We will keep on demanding that justice be done with respect to Zaria massacre through lawful and peaceful means.”

- CAJ News


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