The Kaduna State Government went a step further, Monday, naming the Islamic Movement in Nigeria also known as Shi’ites, whose activities the state government earlier banned in the state, as insurgent group.
According to the State Government, “For all intent and purpose, the IMN is an insurgent group and ought to be treated as such”
In the white paper released on Monday on the activities of the sect, the Kaduna government also said the detained Shiite leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, will be held responsible for all acts carried out by the group’s members.
“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.”
In the white paper, the state government also indicated it may not prosecute the soldiers involved in the killing of over 300 members of the IMN in December last year, but may leave their prosecution to the Federal Government
Since the clash the Army and members of the sect, El-Zakzaky has remained in detention of the Federal Government.