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Army warns Shi’ites against protest in Plateau

Army warns Shi’ites against protest in Plateau
August 20
09:57 2021

The Nigerian Army has warned members of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria against protesting in any part of Plateau state.

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The army said this in a statement signed by Ishaku Takwa, the military information officer of the Operation Safe Haven.

The group, which is led by Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, is reportedly planning a nationwide protest.

“Intelligence report available to operation safe haven indicates a planned protest by members of the proscribed IMN, otherwise known as Shiites,” the statement reads.

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“The protest, planned to hold nationwide including Plateau is scheduled for Friday, due to the health challenge of El-Zakzaki.

“While we acknowledge the rights of individuals and groups to hold peaceful protests or processions, it is however instructive to note that the fragile security situation on the Plateau is currently not conducive for such activities.

“Besides, intelligence reports available further reveals plans by hoodlums and miscreants to hijack the protest and cause mayhem in Jos Metropolis and its environs.

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“In view of the above, we are hereby calling on members of IMN to shelve their plan to protest in the state.”

Takwa said Ibrahim Ali, commander of the operation, has ordered troops to stop the planned protest in Plateau until full security of lives and property is assured.

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