The Nigeria Police Force on Monday said the planned procession by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) would be regarded as an act of terrorism.
The force restated that the group remained proscribed and any activity in its name is against the law of the country.
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, a deputy commissioner of police, said the nationwide procession was capable of disrupting public peace across the country.
He said the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, has directed state commissioners of police and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and their Assistant Inspectors General (AIG) to beef up security in their jurisdiction.
The statement read, “It has come to the knowledge of the Nigeria Police Force that some members of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) intend to embark on a nationwide procession, ostensibly to cause disruption of public peace, order and security in the Country.
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“The Force notes that in line with the Terrorism (Prevention) proscription Order Notice 2019 of 26th July 2019, the activities of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria have been proscribed. Consequently, all gathering or procession by the group remains ultimately illegal and will be treated as a gathering in the advancement of terrorism.
“To this end, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM,mni has directed the Commissioners of Police in all the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja as well as their supervisory Assistant Inspectors-General of Police to put in place concrete measures to avert any planned procession and/or disruption of public peace by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, anywhere in the country.
“The IGP also enjoins the public to avail the Force with useful information as regards the activities of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria.
“In addition, the IGP has also advised parents and guardians to prevail on their children and wards not to be cajoled into embarking on illegal and ill-motivated activities by anyone or group of persons, under any guise whatsoever.”