The Kaduna State Government has ordered the arrest and prosecution of Ibrahim Musa, the spokesperson of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, which the government has declared as an illegal society.
The order was contained in a statement signed by Special Assistant to Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Media and publicity, Mr Samuel Aruwan.
The statement said the order declaring the IMN as an unlawful society in Kaduna State took effect from October7, 2016.
“Violation of this order attracts penalty of imprisonment for seven years or a fine or both, according to sections 97a and 97b of the Penal Code,” the statement said.
According to the statement, a few hours after the order declaring the Shiite group illegal was given, Ibrahim admitted membership of an unlawful society and identified himself as its spokesman in widely publicised statements.
“This is deemed as a deliberate and determined affront to the order, and the law has to take its course,” the statement read in part.
“The Commissioner of Police has been directed to ensure the arrest to enable prompt prosecution by the Kaduna State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice.”
All security agencies in the state had been directed to vigorously enforce the law, and demonstrate clear resolve by arresting the said Ibrahim Musa.
The statement added, “The Kaduna State Government also wishes to reiterate that it fully respects freedom of religion and other rights as guaranteed by Sections 38 and 40 of the 1999 Constitution.
“The same Constitution imposes an obligation on government to secure the state and protect every citizen against infringement of their rights by others.
“Drawing from powers vested by Section 45(1) of the Constitution, and Section 97a of the Penal Code, the governor signed an order declaring the IMN as an unlawful society in the interest of public order and to protect the rights and freedoms of all persons in Kaduna State.”