400 Shiites For Arraignment As FG Mulls Sanity, Catholic Archbishop Warns Against Killings
400 Shiites For Arraignment As FG Mulls Sanity, Catholic Archbishop Warns Against Killings – The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, yesterday said 400 members of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiites were for arraignment in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Addressing State House Correspondents on the sidelines of the Armed Forces and Remembrance Day Emblem launch in Abuja, the police boss stated that the Shiites were to appear in court yesterday.
”You know that when we make arrests, the next thing is to take them to court. We were to arraign them today (yesterday) before a Magistrate’s or Federal High Court.”
On template for lasting peace, Idris said the government was collaborating with stakeholders, including religious leaders, to end the protests.
Justifying the resort to maximum force in quelling the uprising, the IGP noted that the security operatives were “responding to the threats against the security of lives and property within the FCT.”
He revealed that deployments had been made to better secure the federal seat of power and rid it of all criminal elements.
However, the Federal Government is perfecting plans to prevail on the detained IMN leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and his followers to end the impasse.
Abuja was a hotbed of crises for three consecutive days when security agencies and the Shiites clashed while demanding the release of their leader who has been in custody since December 2016 in defiance of several court orders granting him a reprieve.
Consequently, a good number of the members were arrested in Abuja in the aftermath of the deadly confrontation that threw the entire city into a panic while it lasted.
Besides, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the Federal Executive Council (FEC) during his weekly meeting has mandated the FCT Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello, to take up the matter with own security committee.
Meanwhile, the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Dr. Alfred Adewale Martins, has called on the government to urgently end the orgy of killings in Kaduna and the frequent feud with the Shiites.
Regretting the needless loss of lives, the cleric noted that the two recent incidents had again raised the need for security agents to review the numerous security challenges besetting the nation and come up with sustainable solutions.
Martins warned the authorities against treating the Southern Kaduna crisis like the Boko Haram saga, a situation, he described as a time bomb.
Condoling the families who lost their loved ones to the onslaughts, the archbishop called on the police, military, and other law enforcement agencies to bring the perpetrators to book.