By RFIPalled on 21-08-2019Modified on 21-08-2019 at 11:19
Tensions remain high between Abuja and the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (MIN). The party is still considered a terrorist organization. Law enforcement continues to prosecute members of the MIN responsible for acts of violence during demonstrations.
Two official bulletins have been showing the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (MIN) as a terrorist for nearly three weeks. According to the Nigerian authorities, the MIN calls for an Islamic Republic and does not respect the Nigerian Constitution.
In addition, for Abuja, the Shiite organization is responsible for violence in a demonstration in late July. This event was marked by the death of a police officer and a journalist.
Meetings, meetings, processions launched on behalf of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria are formally prohibited . While the MIN has appealed this ban, the Nigerian police intend to strictly enforce the law and dismantle it.
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MIN members have joined Nigeria's list of public enemies. And indeed, any Nigerian police has the priority mission to neutralize them. Senior officer Frank Mba, a spokesman for Nigeria's police force, said Nigerian law is no more stringent than elsewhere:
" The MIN has a paramilitary organization called " the Hurras ". They knew they had conducted attacks on symbols of federal state authority. They attacked individuals. Our laws are no different from those of other countries. Wherever we see them, we will pursue them within the framework of the anti-terrorist laws in force here in Nigeria. "
Point by point, MIN challenges this ban. Abdurrahman Abubakar, an influential voice in the Shia movement, is leading the Abuja court battle against MIN's terrorist organization:
" We are peaceful and we will remain so. No intimidation will make us crack. That's why we appealed this judicial decision classifying us as a terrorist group. We have made a complaint to the International Criminal Court. There are many questions that the Nigerian government will have to answer. "
Abdurrahman Abubakar does not plan to go into hiding. Despite the warnings launched against MIN members. Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, head of the Shia movement, has been detained since returning from India without any care.
He is still considered by the Nigerian authorities as the leader of a terrorist organization. The Nigerian Justice has not yet ruled on the continuation or otherwise of the parole of the leader of the MIN.
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