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Kaduna State Declare Shiite’ Islamic Movement of Nigeria

The Kaduna State Government has declared Shiite group, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria as an illegal society.  statement by Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, announced the ban on Friday.

According to the statement, the Kaduna state executive council approved the making of this order following deliberations at its meeting of Thursday, October 6, 2016.
The state government said the order followed the discovery that the IMN was not registered.
It explained that the order, which was signed by El-Rufai, “draws on powers vested by the Constitution and the laws of Kaduna State”.

It said ection 45 (1) of the Constitution categorically vests in the Governor the powers to take such measures and actions as are necessary for the promotion and protection of: public safety, public order, public morality or public health; or the rights and freedom of all persons in Kaduna State.

“Section 97A of the Penal Code (Cap 110, Laws of Kaduna State, 1991) empowers the Governorto declare as an unlawful society any organisation whose activities are dangerous to the security and good governance of the state.”

A conflict between members of the group and the Nigerian Army in December 2015 had left many dead and resulted in the arrest of its leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and other members.
Since the arrest, members of the group have held several protests, demanding the release of their leader and other members. he state government, however, said the processions were unlawful as well.

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