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  • Updated: April 16, 2024

Shi'ites tackle Nigerian police, deny plot to attack locations in Kaduna

Shi'ites tackle Nigerian police, deny plot to attack locatio

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), often known as "Shi'ites," has disputed a wireless message provided by Nigerian police alleging a plot by the sect to target police agents in susceptible spots to revenge the killing of its members in Kaduna State last week. 

On Tuesday, the sect stated this in a statement signed by Professor I.H. Mshelgaru on behalf of the movement in Abuja. 

The statement urged Nigerian police to stop giving the public false information in the guise of "intelligence reports," and stated that the movement lacked an armed wing capable of attacking any police unit, as claimed by the police.

The movement advised the police authorities to be cautious in its statements, adding that the IMN's constraints throughout the years should not be taken for granted and that there was a limit to recklessness and persecution. 

The statement read, “Our attention has been drawn to a ‘Police wireless message’ emanating from the Borno State Police Command indicating that the Islamic movement in Nigeria has vowed to avenge the killings of its members by the police force in Kaduna. 

“This so-called intelligence message Referenced CB.0900/BRS/VOL.12/60 released at 11:30 am on 9th April 2024 was circulated to all police formations across the State, with additional instruction to snap and share among operation bases commanders for quick dissemination. 

“The source of the message according to the Command warned that the armed wing of the movement is planning to attack police operatives at vulnerable locations, especially; hotels, beer parlours, black spots, residences and checkpoints among others.

“The Islamic movement led by Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky (H) expressed deep concern on coming across this devious claim and therefore wishes to refute this message as false.  We want to categorically inform the general public that there is no plan to avenge the killings of the seven of our innocent brothers killed in Kaduna and Zaria eight days ago, be it on the police or any other organization or individual.  

“This shameful 'intelligence' surprisingly, came from the police headquarters in Maiduguri, almost 800 kilometres away from Kaduna where the last killings occurred. 

“History has recorded that for the more than 40 years of its existence, the Islamic movement has never embarked on any vengeance or reprisal mission on either security forces or their sponsored hoodlums, despite the intense prolonged persecutions and heightened provocations.  

"It is not willing to avenge, but even if it were to do so, it is illogic, unreasonable and incompatible to avenge a crime committed in Kaduna by people very well known to the movement on innocent police operatives in corners of Borno State.        

“It is equally ridiculous for the Nigeria police to claim that the movement has an armed wing, when the whole world had witnessed the killing of thousands of brothers and sisters including the Zaria 2014 and 2015 massacres by the security without incurring even a single injury or casualty.

“We, here again, want the public note that this malicious claim is false,  even the public fully knows that the movement does not have an armed wing and it is not armed. 

“We call on the Nigeria police to  withdraw this disgraceful message it called intelligence and advise it to further desist from all these forms of viciousness and instead concentrate its efforts on the true agents of insecurity in Borno State to flex its weaponry muscles on, so as to give Borno State residents respite and leave the Islamic movement, as we are vowed to continue with our known struggle for social justice for all.  

“By circulating this false and unintelligent intelligence at this time, the Nigeria police in its usual hypocrisy may be planning to commit crimes on the specified locations and blame it on the Islamic movement as it did severally in the past. As such, the general public is further cautioned to this possible evil police intention and should note that in case of any security breach in these named places the police should be held responsible.

“Meanwhile, we still hold the Federal and State Governments responsible for the killing of our brothers on the streets of Kaduna and Zaria peacefully protesting for Palestine and we will continue to seek justice for those killed or injured by the police until we get it, no matter how long. 

“The police should also note that the restraints of the Islamic movement over the years should not be taken for granted; for even conscience tells that there is limit to irresponsibility and oppression." 

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