The government of Sokoto state has announced that the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, (Shiite) has been banned from staging any public procession in the state.
The ban was made on Wednesday by the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Barr. Sulaiman Usman (SAN), in Sokoto, at a press conference, after a security meeting, Daily Sun reports
Citing information reaching both the state government and security agencies, Usman said that there are strong indications that the group is planning an unlawful procession which could cause public disorder and lawless.
He added that in view of anticipated insecurity in the state, the ban order became necessary.
“There are ongoing activities of Shiite members in the state, that could cause public disorder. If care is not taken, the peace of the state may be breached by this group.
“We, hereby, place a ban on any public gathering in public places. Anybody that flouts this order will have him or herself to blame.”
The commissioner, however, called on the Islamic group to respect government’s order, and added that “under the Public Order Act, permission for any procession has to be sought, through the security agencies.
“So, I want to seize this opportunity to call on the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, to obey the state government’s order,” he added.