The Kaduna State government on Friday declared the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, popularly known as Shi’ites led by detained Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky as an unlawful group.
In a satement by the spokesperson of the state, Samuel Aruwan, the state said the decision was taken to preserve peace and security in the state.
“This action is taken in the exercise of the government’s duty to preserve peace and security in the state, and to ensure that all persons and organisations are guided by lawful conduct and with due allegiance to the Nigerian state and its constitution,” the statement read.
“The order, which has been signed by the governor, draws on powers vested by the constitution and the laws of Kaduna state. Section 45 (1) of the constitution categorically vests in the governor the powers to take such measures and actions as are necessary for the promotion and protection of public safety, public order, public morality or public health; or the rights and freedom of all persons in Kaduna state.”