The Kaduna State Government has officially labelled the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, an insurgent group.
The state government disclosed this in a White Paper released on Monday in Kaduna. “For all intent and purpose, the IMN is an insurgent group and ought to be treated as such,” the government said in the white paper.
The government also said the detained Shiite leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, will be held responsible for all acts carried out by the group’s members.
“Members of the IMN owe absolute loyalty to Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky,” the white paper states. “He, therefore, bears responsibility for all the acts of lawlessness committed by the organisation and should, therefore, be held responsible, fully investigated and prosecuted.”
The state government also indicated it may not prosecute the soldiers involved in the killing of over 300 members of the IMN in December last year, but may leave their prosecution to the Federal Government.
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, had last week ordered the unconditional release of Ibrahim ElZakzaky, leader of Shiite sect in Nigeria, and his wife, Malama Zeatudden, from detention, within 45 days.
The court also ordered the Federal Government to provide a new accommodation for El-Zakzaky in Zaria or any northern town of his choice.
The court, presided by Justice Gabriel Kolawole, also awarded El-Zakzaky and his wife N50 million as general damages.
El-Zakzaky was arrested after the Shiite group was involved in a bloody clash with the Army in Zaria. The group was accused of attacking the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai while they were on a procession in Zaria