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We will challenge ban in court – Shi’ites

By Ben Agande & AbdulSalam Muhammad
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, has said it would challenge the ban placed on its activities by Kaduna State government in court.

Kaduna government had banned the activities of the Shiites Islamic sect in the state, saying for the members to practice their faith and carry out other activities, they needed to be registered, and also arrested some its members.

In an interview with Vanguard in Abuja yesterday, spokesman of the Shiites sect, Ibrahim Musa, said the purported ban by Kaduna State government was illegal and  unconstitutional.

According to him, the constitution of the country guarantees every Nigerian the right to his religious practice and such right cannot be abridged by a pronouncement by a government.

He said: “It is like saying Christians and other religious group cannot practice their religion except the government approves of it.

“As a peace-loving movement, we will challenge this illegal action of the state government in court.”

Keep off Kano  streets—POLICE

Meanwhile, police authorities in Kano, yesterday, warned members of IMN and other religious groups to keep off Kano streets in the interest of peace.

The warning came against the backdrop of preparation by the group in Kano to hit the streets next Friday in a procession to mark the annual Qudus days in comme-moration of Imam Hussain.

The warning was contained in a statement by the state’s Police Command spokesman, DSP Magaji Musa Majia, in Kano.


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