Niger sets up com­mit­tee to in­ves­ti­gate new Is­lamic sect

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Aliyu M. Ha­m­agam, Minna

Niger State Gover­nor Dr. Mu’azu Ba­bangida Aliyu yes­ter­day set up a com­mit­tee to in­ves­ti­gate the ac­tiv­i­ties of an Is­lamic sect whose ide­ol­ogy has sem­blance with that of the Boko Haram.

The ac­tion came fol­low­ing an alarm raised by the state Jumma’at Mosque Imams Fo­rum yes­ter­day dur­ing a cour­tesy visit to the gover­nor in Minna. The gover­nor was told by the fo­rum that the sect which has its base in Bida town has Is­lamic prac­tices that con­tra­vene nor­mal Is­lamic sys­tem which is ca­pa­ble of breach­ing the pre­vail­ing peace in the state.

Gover­nor Aliyu who was vis­i­bly dis­turbed by the re­port, im­me­di­ately set up the com­mit­tee which com­prises Shehu Haruna, the Com­mis­sioner for Re­li­gious Af­fairs and Yusuf Garba Tag­wai, the Com­mis­sioner for Lo­cal Govern­ment, to in­ves­ti­gate the pres­ence and ac­tiv­i­ties of the sect and re­port to govern­ment in three days.

“Based on con­cerns over the Is­lamic group in Bida, I hereby di­rect the Com­mis­sioner for Re­li­gious Af­fairs and the Com­mis­sioner for Lo­cal Govern­ment to im­me­di­ately find out about the group and re­port back to me in three days be­fore I know what to do”, he said.

Shed­ding more light on the ac­tiv­i­ties of the new sect, the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the State Jumma’at Mosque Imam Fo­rum, Sheik Umar Farouk, said his fo­rum had an en­counter with the mem­bers of the sect and found out that their ide­ol­ogy can­not be dif­fer­en­ti­ated from that of the Boko Haram.

“What they were say­ing re­ally baf­fled us, though they said they are not Boko Haram. But we have our reser­va­tions be­cause we don’t want to com­pro­mise peace in the state. We were also told that the leader of the sect in Bida used to travel for three months to an un­known place. And while away his phones would be put off but he only gets them on when he wants to talk to some­body, such act is sub­mit­ting them to sus­pi­cion the more,” he added.

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