The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) (a human rights organisation) has called on the United Nations to speedily intervene on the incessant attacks on police and other security agents by members of the Shiite movement also known as Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN)
Addressing journalists in Abuja, Executive Secretary Comrade Ikpa Isaac, said the UN mission in Nigeria should help prevail on the United Nations to designate the IMN as a terrorist organization.
According to him, the numerous atrocities being committed by the IMN against the Nigerian state can no longer be ignored by the world.
He said, “It is now obvious that the recent clash in Kano where the sect had the boldness to open fire on innocent Nigerians is a clear indication that they are anarchists who may soon declare their own version of Islamic State.”
Speaking further, he said “even as we wait for international community to act, we call on the Federal Government to arrest the leaders of the sect found to have been behind the Zaria protest and should subsequently be prosecuted as warning that the life of every single policeman in Nigeria counts.”
He called on Nigerians both at home and in the diasporas to come out en mass to condemn what it described as the new low that the IMN has sunken to.
Isaac said the silence of Nigerians and the international community over the conspiracy of IMN and the Iranian authorities against constituted authority in Nigeria is no longer golden.
It described the incessant attacks on police by members of the INN as sad, adding that the avoidable loss of any human life diminishes our humanity irrespective of whether they are fanatics or not.
He said, “in this case, not only did IMN members embarked on what amounted to induced suicide they also saw to it that they killed policemen drafted to keep the peace.”
He expressed the group’s condolences to the families of the deceased policemen, saying, “we pray that God consoles those they left behind particularly dependents who now have to go through life without the support of their breadwinners.”