Aftermath of Intelligence reports indicating that scores of Islamic Movement of Nigeria members, aka Shiites adherents plan to embark on a Nationwide protest over the deteriorating health condition of their leader, Shieik Ibrahim El Zakzaky, the Special Military Task Force in Jos, Operation Safe Haven has banned Shiites Protest in Jos.
The STF said the Delicate Security Situation in Plateau state neccessitated the ban.
It would be recalled that last weekend, 22 persons were killed in the Rukuba area of Jos while returning from Bauchi state where they had gone to attend an Islamic function and this has caused tension in Plateau state.
A statement confirming the ban on the Shiites Protest signed by Major Ishiaku Takwa, Military Information Officer said, “Intelligence report available to Operation Safe Haven indicates a planned protest by members of the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) otherwise known as Shiites.
“The protest which is planned to hold nationwide including Plateau State is scheduled for Friday 20 August 2021.
“The protest, according to the report is due to the health challenges of its leader Sheik Ibrahim El Zakzaki.
“While acknowledging the rights of individuals and groups to hold peaceful protests or processions.
“It is however instructive to note that the fragile security situation on the Plateau is currently not conducive for such activities.
“Besides, the intelligence reports available further reveals plans by hoodlums and miscreants to hijack the protest and cause mayhem in Jos Metropolis and its environs.
“In view of the above, Operation Safe Haven hereby calling on members of IMN to shelve their planned protest in the state.
“Already, the Commander has ordered troops to ensure that the planned protest by members of IMN or any other group does not take place on the Plateau until full security is guaranteed.
“Operation Safe Haven is therefore committed to the total restoration of peace on the Plateau and is working closely with the State Government, critical stakeholders such as traditional, religious leaders and law abiding citizens to achieve this mandate.”