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Kaduna State Brands Shiites as Insurgent Group

The Kaduna state government has formally declared the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) an insurgent group. This is coming about a month after outlawing the activities of the sect in the state.

The decision of the state government is said to be part of the white paper released on the clash between the group led by thier leader, Shiek Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and the military over time.
The official statement from the State Government read that: “For all intent and purpose, the IMN is an insurgent group and ought to be treated as such.”

The state government, under Nasir el-Rufai, had set up a panel to investigate the clash that occurred between soldiers and the Islamic group about a year ago. The report also quoted the government as saying it would hold El-Zakzaky responsible for all acts carried out by the group’s members.

It said: “Members of the IMN owe absolute loyalty to Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky. “He therefore bears responsibility for all the acts of lawlessness committed by the organisation and should therefore be held responsible, fully investigated and prosecuted.”

The report also said soldiers who were alleged to have taken part in the killing of some Shiite faithful will not be punished.
El-Zakzaky has been in detention after being accused of creating a government in Nigeria and acting with impunity.

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