Chris Steven, Abuja
A human rights group, Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) has called on the United Nation mission in Nigeria to prevail on the United Nations General Assembly to designate the IMN as a terrorist organization.
The right group described the penchant of the IMN to attack security agents and destruction of lives and properties as similar to a terrorist organizations.
Addressing journalists in Abuja, Executive Secretary Comrade Ikpa Isaac, urged the UN to quickly intervene on the incessant attacks on police and other security agencies by members of the Shiite movement also known as
According to him, the numerous atrocities being committed by the IMN against the Nigerian state can no longer be ignored by the world.
He said, “It is now obvious that the recent clash in Kano where the sect had the boldness to open fire on innocent Nigerians is a clear indication that they are anarchists who may soon declare their own version of Islamic State.”
Speaking further, he said “even as we wait for international community to act, we call on the Federal Government to arrest the leaders of the sect found to have been behind the Zaria protest and should subsequently be prosecuted as warning that the life of every single policeman in Nigeria counts.”
He called on Nigerians both at home and in the diasporas to come out en mass to condemn what it described as the new low that the IMN has sunken to.
Isaac said the silence of Nigerians and the international community over the conspiracy of IMN and the Iranian authorities against constituted authority in Nigeria is no longer golden.
It described the incessant attacks on police by members of the INN as sad, adding that the avoidable loss of any human life diminishes our humanity irrespective of whether they are fanatics or not.
He said, “in this case, not only did IMN members embarked on what amounted to induced suicide they also saw to it that they killed policemen drafted to keep the peace.”
He expressed the group’s condolences to the families of the deceased policemen, saying, “we pray that God consoles those they left behind particularly dependents who now have to go through life without the support of their breadwinners.”
He commended in strongest terms possible condemn “the unwarranted attack on policemen that were drafted to contain the IMN protests that was reportedly held as a cover to forment trouble.”
He said, “The attack is an attack just not on the Nigeria Police but on every law abiding citizen of this country who now feel threatened by a rampaging sect that has continued to place its stamp of lawlessness on several of our major cities. The police were reportedly drafted to that protest upon receipt of intelligence that the protest was meant to be bloody and it turned out to be just that.
“One can only shudder at the thought of what would have happened at the protest had the police not been present to maintain the peace. At the risk of sounding judgemental, the outcome would have been a repeat of the past when IMN members use their various processions to inflict untold hardship on other citizens – considering that they had the dark intention of causing violence, the absence of the police would have led to persons of other sects and faiths being massacred in their scores.
According to him, the Kano incident marks an escalation in the pace with which the Shiite group is challenging the Nigerian state, saying they had repeatedly taken on the military, including instances during which they killed military personnel.
He said, “As we have seen in the aftermath of the Kano incident, IMN has launched a propaganda blitz with which it is presenting as the victim instead of the aggressor. It has started a campaign of making policemen that were on official duty to appear like criminals and murderers. This absurdity would only stand for as long as Nigerians delay in calling IMN to order.”