IMN: Iran criticises FG over killing of Shiites, urges international bodies to act

IMN: Iran criticises FG over killing of Shiites, urges international bodies to act

The Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution of Iran strongly condemned the Nigerian armed forces attack against members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN).

According to the council, global bodies and leaders should curb such cruel and aggressive moves.

“Nigerian armed forces’ attack on the mourners of Imam Hussein (PBUH) in Kaduna, which led to the martyrdom of three and injury of dozens of people, was a source of grief for the Islamic Ummah,” the secretariat of Iran’s Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution said in a statement on Monday, August 24.

The Nigerian government has tried during recent years to suppress the IMN and now has resorted to quarantine and health protocols as a new pretext to continue its crimes, the statement added.

Condemning the aggression against Shia Muslims, the body called on the Foreign Ministry, international organizations, and world religious leaders to condemn the crime and also use all legal tools available to prevent such aggressions.

The Nigerian police and security forces violently attacked an annual Ashura mourning ceremony that had been organized by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) in Hayin Bello neighborhood of Kaduna.

Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, a prominent IMN leader, has been in detention along with his wife for almost five years; despite the deterioration of his health conditions.

Meanwhile, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, on Monday, August 24; revealed why he refused to honour the invitation of the police in Abuja.

1st News had reported last week that the Police invited Mailafia to the Force Headquarters in Abuja over his statement; linking a governor to the Boko Haram terror group.

He was questioned on the same matter by the Department of State Services (DSS) a few weeks ago.

Mailafia’s lawyer, Yakubu Bawa, however, confirmed to journalists in Abuja that his client shunned the police invitation.

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He said: “The service of the letter of invitation on Dr. Mailafia by the Nigeria Police Force through the office of the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department, was strange; and alien to our extant laws and procedure.

“It is critically imperative to state that the case where the name of Dr. Obadiah Mailafia purportedly featured prominently cannot be unconnected and unrelated with the case the DSS is investigating against him which borders on internal security.

“It is sacrosanct to note also that the DSS is the only statutory body empowered by law; to investigate alleged crime against internal security; not the Nigeria Police Force.

“Section 3 (a) of the security agency act eloquently stipulates this position; and also in consonance with the said provision; the DSS had assumed investigation into the matter.

“For the purpose of clarity and emphasis; the DSS is still investigating Dr. Obadiah Mailafia in respect of the said matter.

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