The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has ordered a nationwide arrest of all identified Shi’ite leaders across the country, few weeks after the group were proscribed by the Nigerian government.
The Islamic group were blamed for the killing of the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations, Federal Capital Territory Police Command, Umar Usman, and a youth corps member, Precious Owolabi, in the signal to the operatives dated August 30, 2019.
Punch reported that the IGP who revealed that a special investigation team which was constituted to probe the murder has gone far in its investigation, vowed not to allow Shi’ite members violate its proscription by a court.
“You will also recall that given the odious activities of the movement, the Federal Government obtained an order proscribing the group.
“NIGPOL FORCID (Nigeria Police Force Criminal Investigation Department) directs you (to) ensure that identified leaders of the group and their structures are dismantled and their activities contained.
“You are to inform me of your action for discreet investigation and possible prosecution of violators of the proscription order. Treat as very important” the signal read in part.