Kaduna Government Orders Arrest of Shiite Spokesperson

The Kaduna State Government has ordered the arrest and prosecution of Ibrahim Musa, the spokesperson of the Shiite group, Islamic Movement of Nigeria.

Mr. Musa speaks for and signs press statements for the group which was banned by the Kaduna State Government on Friday.

Mr. Musa, after the announcement of the ban, signed a statement on behalf of the group saying the IMN would seek redress in court.
The IMN accused the Kaduna government of injustice especially as the soldiers who killed over 300 members of the group within three days in December last year had not been prosecuted.
The extrajudicial killing of the Shiites has been condemned by local and international groups including Amnesty International.
The Army justified its actions by saying the Shiites blocked a major road in a plot to kill Nigeria’s Army chief, Tukur Buratai. The IMN has denied that allegation.
A panel set up the Kaduna government to investigate the crisis was boycotted by the IMN which demanded that its leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, be released first.
Mr. El-Zakzaky is still being held by the federal government without any court order.
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