Kaduna State Government Friday declared the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, otherwise known as the Shiite sect, unlawful society. Governor Nasir el-Rufai, in his proclamation said anyone convicted of being a member of the sect could face a seven-year jail, fined or both. The size of the fine was not specified.
The Kaduna state government said the group had “overtly continued with unlawful processions” and “obstruction of public highways” since the clashes.
“These acts, if allowed to go unchecked will constitute danger to the peace, tranquillity, harmonious coexistence and good governance of Kaduna state,” it said, declaring the group unlawful with immediate effect.
The sect, which has had many run-ins with security forces and residents, clashed with soldiers in Kaduna in 2015. Many of the sects members, which a judicial inquiry in August put at 348, were killed in the clash and secretly buried by the military. The sect’s leader Ibraheem El- Zak Zakky is still in a secret detention.
Members of the sect are among the several thousand Shi’ite Muslims whose movement was inspired by the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, Reuters included in its own report.