By Wole Mosadomi
Minna – Security agencies who dislodged the members of the Darul-Islam in Mokwa, Niger State have started screening members of the sect towards identifying their different nationalities.
Just as the screening exercise continues, leader of the sect, Bashir Abdullahi has protested to the government to pay them adequate compensation for their displacement in their former area of abode.
He said the over 3,500 members of the sect displaced were predominantly farmers who do not engage in any other occupation that farming.
Abdullahi called on government to visit their former enclave to evaluate their farmland including other valuables and compensate them accordingly.
Describing their displacement from their former enclave as inhuman, he said now that they have been displaced, their economic fortune had been completely ruined, adding that they have been co-existing with their host community members without any problem for the past 16 years.
At press time, our correspondent gathered that of the over 3,500 members under arrest, 31 of them have been screened including the leader who is suspected to be from Sudan while most of the others are either from Chad, Niger and other neighbouring countries.
Identifying their nationalities, it was gathered had been another source of dispute between the sect members and Immigration.
While most of them claimed to be from Nigeria, the Immigration officers believed they are not and have to be properly screened after which they will be deported to their various countries.
The Niger State police command spokesman, ASP Richard Oguche who confirmed the development said the screening exercise were actually on with argument and counter argument between the sect members and security agencies, adding that over 3,500 of the sect members are still held at the Government Technical College, Mokwa which is serving as their temporary camp.