Procession: Shiite members must obtain police permit – Ganduje

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has said that the members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, must obtain permit and obey police directives before embarking on street procession.

He stated that the Shiite members, who had been having a running battle with security agencies across the country, must recognize the authority of security officials by seeking their permission before holding any gathering.

Scores of Shiite members were gunned down by the police in Kano last week, during a procession, apart from about 300 allegedly killed by soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna State last December.

But Ganduje, who spoke in an interview with journalists on the sideline of the Nigeria Entrepreneurs Award on Friday in Abuja, insisted that the sect members, would not be allowed to break the law and tamper with the rights of other citizens.

He said, ” They (Shiite members) cannot keep breaking the law and tampering with the rights of other citizens.

“As far as they continue breaking the law, the police have to come in. They cannot use their freedom to do whatever they want because they are crossing other people’s human rights.

“As far as we are concerned, they have to recognise the authority of the security agencies, they have to get permission. If they do not get permission, then the police will not allow them to continue the procession that they do.”

Ganduje, who was presented with an award, Abuja, called for the promotion of  Small and Medium Scale Enterprises to enhance economic growth and ensure food sustainability in the country.

The governor said that the SMEs needed more attention than they were currently getting to promote the efforts of the Federal Government to diversify the economy.

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