Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector-General of Police, has ordered the arrest of all identified Shi’ ite leaders across the country.
Adamu said this in a signal to the operatives dated August 30, 2019.
He has also directed a team of special police to dismantle the structures of the IMN in the country immediately.
He said the force would not allow the Shi’ ite members to violate the proscription of the IMN by the court.
He blamed the violent protest by the group on July 22 for the killing of the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations, Federal Capital Territory Police Command, Umar Usman, and a youth corps member, Precious Owolabi.
“You will recall that given the odious activities of the movement , the Federal Government obtained an order proscribing the group.
“NIGPOL FORCID (Nigeria Police Force Criminal Investigation Department) directs you (to ) ensure that identified leaders of the group and their structures are dismantled and their activities contained.
“You are to inform me of your action for discreet investigation and possible prosecution of violators of the proscription order. Treat as very important.”
The Shi’ ites had been protesting the detention of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El -Zakzaky, who had been in the custody of the Department of State Services for over three years.