Following the approval of the Federal High Court to proscribe the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, the Presidency has now given the law enforcement agencies order to take “any necessary action” against Shi’ites.
The Presidency, through its spokesperson, Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, said this.
Shehu during a live programme on Channels TV reffered to Shi’ites as an “unlawful organization”.
“In Kaduna, it (proscription) worked. These troublesome people were chased out of the state. They no longer have a foothold there. They moved over to Abuja and that is why we have them here. It (court order) will be enforced.
“You said IPOB is still there but it is no longer a lawful organisation. And what that means is that the law enforcement agencies in the country have the right to take whatever steps necessary in order to deal with their activities if it surfaces.”
He added when asked what would happen if another IMN protest was staged, Shehu responded they would not be allowed to do so.
“My advice is that they better not do that. It won’t be allowed. They are not allowed to protest anymore,” he said.
He was further asked why the Nigerian government failed to obey court orders for the release of Ibrahim El Zakzaky and his wife, Shehu said El Zakzaky was only granted bail on just one of the matters he was being held on.