The government of Kaduna State has officially labelled the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, an insurgent group.
The declaration is contained in a White Paper issued by the state government on Monday, December 5, 2016.
In the white paper, which was sighted by Premium Times, the government said:
“For all intent and purpose, the IMN is an insurgent group and ought to be treated as such.”
The government also stated that it would hold the detained Shiite leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, responsible for all acts carried out by the group’s members.
“Members of the IMN owe absolute loyalty to Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky,” the white paper states.
“He therefore bears responsibility for all the acts of lawlessness committed by the organisation and should therefore be held responsible, fully investigated and prosecuted.”
Further findings in the white paper also indicated that the state government may not prosecute the soldiers involved in the killing of over 300 members of the IMN in December last year.
It stated that the state government may leave their prosecution to the federal government.
More details to be added as the story develops…