In a move capable of escalating the tensions between the Shiites and the government , the Nigerian police chief Adamu Abubakar has ordered for the arrest of all leaders of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria . He has also directed a team of special police to dismantle the structures of the IMN in the country immediately.
The police chief in a signal to the operatives dated August 30, 2019, said the force would not allow the Shi’ite members to violate the proscription of the IMN by the court.
He blamed the violent protest by the group on July 22 for the killing of the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations, Federal Capital Territory Police Command, Umar Usman, and a youth corps member, Precious Owolabi.
The IG further stated that a special investigation team set up to probe the murder had gone far in its investigations.
If the IGP order against the Shiites is carried out, over a hundred Shiite leaders may be put behind bars, thus escalating the tension between the group and the government. The group may be forced to go underground with its attendant consequences. Civil Society groups has condemned the government offensive against the Shiites which they say infringes on freedom of thoughts and of worship.
Meanwhile the Shiite leader remains in detention despite being granted bail by several courts in Nigeria, The government accused the group of plotting violent revolution