More trouble seems to be brewing in the air for detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria [IMN], Ibrahim El-Zakzaky as a large number of protesters Friday besieged the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami to demand the immediate proscription of the group and subsequent designation as a terrorist organization.
The protesters, who were sighted with placards, bearing various inscriptions, informed the AGF that the activites of the INM has the potential to making life unbearable for innocent Nigerians if something is not done and urgently so.
This development is coming barely one week after Coalition Of Civil Society Organization For Transparency and Good Governance (COCSOTGG), called on the presidency and the Attorney General of the Federation to act fast in designating the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, (IMN) a Terrorists group before it’s too late.
According to the protesting group, under the aegis of Advocates of Social Justice for All (ASJA), IMN had in recent weeks revived it’s activities with the aim of testing the waters to see what government’s response would be.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Torkuma V Asogo, Executive Director, ASJA said the protest became imperative following the silence of the AGF on the activities of the Islamic group.
Asogo said, “IMN’s link to Iran, a major state sponsor of terrorism, is not in doubt. This to us calls for not just concern but underscores the need to be proactive especially in the light of a recent CIA report that clearly indicted Iran for sponsoring terrorism to destabilize other countries.
“Other nations have taken steps to designate groups connected to Iran as terror organizations to ensure the safety of their citizens. Nigeria must be the only country that allows an Iranian sponsored terror group to go around attacking security agents and harassing citizens without consequences. This is simply unacceptable.
“Iran’s backing of IMN has emboldened it as a terror group. Its members have openly confronted the military, the police and even our defenseless population the last being the attack on the police in Abuja. Before this, IMN has made life unbearable to the population of Nigerians living with in its sphere of influence. It even went as far as declaring for itself a parallel government.