Following reports that the Shi’ite sect, also known as the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), plans to trek from Kaduna to Abuja to demand the release of their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzakky, who has been in detention after a clash with the army last December, the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris, has assured that the police will take adequate measures to ensure that there is no breach of security by the members of sect.
The IGP gave the assurance when a religious inter-faith group, the Northern Inter-Faith and Religious Organisation for Peace (NIFROP), led a peaceful protest to the Force headquarters to draw attention of the police to the intention of the Shi’ite sect.
The police boss, who was represented by Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Habila Joshack, said the laws of the country respected the religious rights of every citizen, but emphasised that such rights should not be abused.
Joshack, while addressing the protesters in front of the Force headquarters, said the police would apply the law appropriately, saying the laws of the country had made provision for sanctions.
He said: “I thank you for finding the police an institution that you think stands for peace and security of the nation. I also thank you for recognising the time and resources that have been invested in the search of peace in this country under President Muhammadu Buhari.
“I am also happy that you are part of those who watch your environment and gather information that is translated into intelligence by putting us on the alert that some group of people are likely to march from Kaduna to the FCT. And that is likely to impede on the existing security. We are going to provide a lot of robust security. We are going to do lot of analysis of this information that we will turn into intelligence.”