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Police claim of armed wing ridiculous – Shi’ites

…Says no plan for vengeance

 

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria better known as Shi’ites has described as ridiculous a claim by the police that the movement has an armed wing.

 

In a statement signed by a member of the movement, Professor I. H. Mshelgaru, on Saturday, the group argued that the whole world had witnessed the killing of thousands of its brothers and sisters including the Zaria 2014 and 2015 massacres by the security without incurring even a single injury or casualty.

The Islamic Movement further bunked reports of planned reprisal attacks on police operatives over the killing of its members in Kaduna recently.

A notice of ‘Police wireless message’ by the Borno State Police Command 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 check points among others.

The movement denying the allegations, emphasized that it would never do what would negatively affect the peace of the public.

The statement read in part: “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 kilometers away from Kaduna where the last killings occurred.

“It is not willing to avenge, but even if it were to do so, it is illogical, 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.”

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