The Federal Government has been called upon to outlaw the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) as a precautionary measure against the emergence of a more deadly terror group.
This followed the recent order by the Kaduna State Government declaring the IMN an “unlawful society”.
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria also known as Shi’a, has its headquarters in Zaria, Kaduna State.
Addressing reporters yesterday in Abuja, activists, under the aegis of the Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism (CATE), described the Kaduna government’s action as a relief to the residents.
CATE’s Secretary General Daniel Obaje, who addressed the press, said the ban was timely because it came on the heels of a series of activities the sect members allegedly planned to undermine the state’s security.
Obaje said: “It is in this light that we urge the Federal Government to follow the example of Kaduna State by immediately outlawing the IMN nationwide and pursue criminal charges against anyone who continues to maintain the group, remains its member or attempts to reorganise it under a new name or identity.
“Because there have been previous concerns that remnants of the Boko Haram terror group are ditching their sectarian affiliation and joining IMN, the Federal Government should immediately mandate security agencies to dismantle the IMN’s network, cells and infrastructure to ensure it is unable to resurface as a more deadly terror group.
“Those associated with the proscribed group should be kept under close security watch with a requirement that they are not allowed to travel abroad to countries where they could get advanced military training and further radicalization”.
Obaje added: “…The ban on IMN should extend to its subsidiaries and affiliate organisations founded on the same model and ideology. Further directives must be issued to security agencies with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) being in the lead of unravelling how much foreign funds come to the IMN and if it has a link with international terror financing”.