The Presidency has stated that the security agencies in the country now possess the power to carry out “any necessary action” against the Shi’ite groups, after a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja granted the request of the Federal Government on its plan to proscribe the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN). Mr Garba Shehu, the spokesman to the President stated this in a live programme on Channels TV on Monday.
While on the programme, Shehu refers to the Shi’ite group as an unlawful organisation.
In his words:
“In Kaduna, it (proscription) worked. These troublesome people were chased out of the state. They no longer have a foothold there. They moved over to Abuja and that is why we have them here. It (court order) will be enforced.”
He as well stated that although IPOB might somehow still be in existence, it was not a lawful organisation anymore. He then went on to stress that, as a result, security agencies in the country have the authority to take any necessary steps to deal with the activities of such groups.
“You said IPOB is still there but it is no longer a lawful organisation. And what that means is that the law enforcement agencies in the country have the right to take whatever steps necessary to deal with their activities if it surfaces,” he said.
When he was quizzed on what should be expected if another IMN protest was staged, the Presidential spokesman revealed in clear terms that they will not be allowed to carry out such acts.
“My advice is that they better not do that. It won’t be allowed. They are not allowed to protest anymore,” he said.
When he was further questioned on why the government had failed to obey the orders of the court that El-Zakzaky, along with his wife should be released, Shehu explained that the IMN leader was only granted bail on just one of the issues that he was being held on.
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