Shrine of 8th Shiite Imam in the northwest city of Mashhad. (MEHR)

April 14, 2016

The Department of State Service, DSS, on Wednesday said the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, also known as Shi’ite sect get its funding from countries like Iraq and Iran.

The DSS operative in charge of Sabon-Gari in Zaria, Kaduna State made the revelation when the Nigeria police force and the DSS appeared before the investigative panel set up by the Kaduna State government to investigate the December 2015 clash between the sect and the army.

Usman who chided the sect noted that the movement “lacks respect” for the sovereignty of the country.

He said, “They don’t believe in the sovereignty of Nigeria; they have their flags. IMN is a state within a state.

“They have strong affiliation with Iraq and Iran and get their funding from there. These countries have a large population of Shiite members. They have five different flags which symbolises some beliefs within the movement.

“I am aware of complaints of residents of Sabon-Gari about them. When people come to complain to me about them, I persuade them to bear the situation because when the IMN officials are invited for a chat, they don’t come.”


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