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Imams raise alarm over new militant Islamic sect in Niger

By Wole Mosadomi
Minna — Another militant Islamic sect has been uncovered in Niger State after a similar group was dislodged in the state few months ago.

A Forum of Imams who alerted the Niger State Government during a courtesy call at Government House yesterday on the existence of the group called on the state government to take a decisive step to dislodge the group immediately before unleashing terror on innocent residents of the state.

Chairman of the group, Mallam Isah Fari, who led the group told the governor that the group was particular about maintaining peace in the state, hence the need to alert government on the development which if not checked could lead to a breakdown of law and order and subsequent loss of lives and property of innocent people.

The chairman who spoke through the secretary of the group, Alhaji Umar Faruk, commended the state government in the way it tackled the Darul Islam sect in Mokwa town in the state last year without any loss of life and property.

Fari who named the new sect as Kala Kato, said from investigations carried out, the new sect was deadlier than the Darul Islam sect dislodged in Mokwa.

“If action is not taken immediately and the sect is allowed to spread and strike, it will affect everybody irrespective of religious beliefs and this will be termed to be a religious war,” the chairman said.

On immunisation
On immunisation, the chairman said his group was never against polio immunisation, adding that members of his group personally embarked on sensitisation of people on the need to present their children for immunisation.

He said from their findings, it was discovered that most people rejected the polio immunisation because of communication gap between government and the people.

Fari, therefore, called on government to involve his group in the sensitisation and mobilisation of people, especially the Muslims in the state on government activities especially the Child Rights Law which has just been passed by the state House of Assembly and accented to by the state governor.

Governor Babangida Aliyu of the state thanked the League of Imams for the visit and promised that the state government would immediately investigate and work on their presentation.


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