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ARMY TO SHIITES: Behave, ‘we don’t have rubber bullets


John Agim, spokesman of the defence headquarters (DHQ), has warned members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), widely known as Shiites, against confronting the military, saying “we don’t have rubber bullets”.

The Shi’ites clashed with soldiers in some parts of Abuja last week leading to casualties.

The army confirmed that three Shiites were killed while four soldiers sustained injuries, while the group claimed a higher figure of casualty on its side.

Speaking in an interview with Osasu Igbinedion on The Osasu Show, Agim denied allegations that the military was sent to disrupt the procession of the movement, saying those accusing the military were out to dent its image.

“There are different narratives out there that are not correct. It is not true that the military is being used to stop the Shi’ites from their normal procession,” Agim said.

“Right from 2015, we have been hearing about the issue of Shi’ites and the military. It has never been that the military was sent to stop whatever thing they are doing.

“The problem emanates from the philosophy that guide the movement.

The problem emanates from the philosophy that guide the movement. The clash that you see, in fact three times now, is that the Shi’ites obstruct the military from doing their job. They are a law unto themselves. They do anything.

“They are supposed to be a religious organisation. Where did they get those arms and ammunition? This was how Boko Haram started, in fact, it was not even as serious as this. The narrative is being given by an international community and it is very simple. They want to make the military look unprofessional.

“They have the right to protest. But when you protest, protest lawfully. Anybody that does not obey the laws of the land should be sanctioned.”

Asked why the Shi’ites are asked to obey the law while the federal government has refused to obey court orders authorising Zakzaky’s release, Agim said: “So they are attacking the military to show their satisfaction with the government, then they should be ready for the consequence.


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