Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has explained that security considerations were “purely responsible for the ban on the activities of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in the state.’’
“Plateau State has laws regulating the practice of religions; we have a duty to ensure that the practice of religion does not constitute a security risk to anyone,” Lalong said in Jos on Monday.
The governor, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Dan Manjang, was reacting to allegations by the IMN that he (Lalong) was merely copying what his Kaduna counterpart, Ahmed el-Rufai, did a week earlier.
Lalong had banned the group last week following a series of protests that turned violent and led to the deaths of some of the sect members after a clash with security personnel.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that some members of the group were also injured while many were arrested.
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