Kaduna State Government has issued an order declaring the Shi’ite Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), as an unlawful society. The government said the action was taken to preserve peace and security in the state, and to ensure that all persons and organisations are guided by lawful conduct and with due allegiance to the Nigerian state and its constitution.

“The Kaduna state executive council approved the making of this order following deliberations at its meeting of Thursday, 06 October 2016,” Samuel Aruwan, a spokesperson for the governor, Nasir El-Rufai, said in a statement yesterday.

The announcement occurs several months after over 300 members of the Shiite group were killed by soldiers who accused them of blocking a road and plotting to kill the army chief. The IMN denied the charges and said it was mainly targeted in an extra-judicial killing.

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