The Nasir El-Rufai led government of Kaduna state has ordered the arrest and prosecution of a certain Ibrahim Musa, who has admitted to being the spokesperson of an unlawful society, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).
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A statement issued by the Special Assistant to the state Governor on Media and publicity, Mr Samuel Aruwan, said an order declaring the IMN as an unlawful society in Kaduna State took effect from Oct.7, 2016.
“Violation of this order attracts penalty of imprisonment for seven years or a fine or both, according to sections 97a and 97b of the Penal Code,” he said.
Aruwan said that hours after the declaration was made, Ibrahim owned up to be a member of an unlawful society and identified himself as its spokesman in widely publicised statements.
He continued: “This is deemed as a deliberate and determined affront to the order, and the law has to take its course.
“The Commissioner of Police has been directed to ensure the arrest to enable prompt prosecution by the Kaduna State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice.”
The statement added that all security agencies in the state had been directed to vigorously enforce the law, and demonstrate clear resolve by arresting the said Ibrahim.
“Ibrahim has been advised to report himself to the nearest police station or any of the security agencies,” he said.
Aruwan said government could not allow the laws of the state to be wantonly tested and confronted by any one or group who might have the mistaken believe that they are above the law.
His words: “The Kaduna State Government also wishes to reiterate that it fully respects freedom of religion and other rights as guaranteed by Sections 38 and 40 of the 1999 Constitution.
“The same Constitution imposes an obligation on government to secure the state and protect every citizen against infringement of their rights by others.
“Drawing from powers vested by Section 45(1) of the Constitution, and Section 97a of the Penal Code, the governor signed an order declaring the IMN as an unlawful society in the interest of public order and to protect the rights and freedoms of all persons in Kaduna State.”