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Islamic Preachers Petition Nigerian Police and DSS over Inflammatory Remarks Against Defence Chief

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Islamic Preachers Petition Nigerian Police and DSS over Inflammatory Remarks Against Defence Chief
A collective petition has been filed by Islamic preachers in Africa and a peace advocacy NGO against a Kaduna-based preacher for making inflammatory remarks against the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa. The petition seeks the arrest and prosecution of the preacher, claiming that his remarks could undermine international and national peacekeeping efforts. Failure to act within the given timeframe may result in legal action against the nation's law enforcement agencies.

ABUJA - Islamic preachers drawn from Africa, operating under the aegis of the Conference of Islamic Preachers in Africa (CIPA) and a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Global Peace and Life Rescue Initiative (GOPRI), have collectively petitioned the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and Director General Department of State Service (DSS) over some recent inflammatory remarks against the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Musa.

In the petition, the groups demanded the immediate arrest and prosecution of a Kaduna State-based Islamic preacher, Sheikh Muktar Durum Zander.

The alleged that the preacher had in a recent viral video, insinuated that General Christopher Musa was behind the decision of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to invade Niger, following the military coup that seized power in the country.

Recall that the Nigerian Defence Chief had read the decision of the ECOWAS Defence Chiefs in Abuja after the coup, where it was resolved to use military force to restore the dethroned civilian government of Niger, led by President Mohammed Bazoum.

But the Islamic preacher took a swipe at the decision, profiling Gen Musa as being behind the action of ECOWAS to declare war in Niger, insinuating that the Nigerian military chief had malicious intentions against the Muslim community.

CIPA and GOPRI in a joint petition, dated Thursday, August 25th, gave a seven-day ultimatum to the police IGP to effect the arrest and subsequent prosecution of the preacher for hate speech, failure of which they threatened legal action to compel the nation's law enforcement agencies' chiefs to act.

The petition was sent to the IGP through their lawyers, Daniel Obla Esq. O.T. Lukden (MRS) and A.K Shafii of Obla Daniels & CO law firm.

In the petition, addressed to the IGP and DG DSS at Abuja, the petitioners noted that the action of Sheikh Muktar Durum has the potential to undermine international and national peacekeeping efforts because he urged other Muslims to see the ECOWAS's decision to engage the Nigerien Republic as a Christian war against their fellow Muslim brothers in the Niger Republic.

The lawyers informed the IGP and DG DSS that their clients have instructed them that within 7 days of the letter being served on them, if they failed, neglected, or refused to do the needful, they should pursue all legal means to compel the execution of his administrative function before a court of competent jurisdiction

They described their clients as "peace advocacy and humanitarian Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs) that promotes peace and humanitarian actions."

The petition read: "We serve as counsel for the Conference of Islamic Preachers in Africa (CIPA) and the Global Peace and Life Rescue Initiative (GOPRI), collectively referred to as "Our Clients," on whose behalf and per their direction we write;

"Our Clients are a peace advocacy and humanitarian Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that promotes peace and humanitarian action.

"They go by the names Global Peace and Life Rescue Initiative (GOPRI) and the Conference of Islamic Preachers in Africa (CIPA), and they are officially recognized one as a voluntary association with its coordinator as Sheikh Mohammad Abubarker Zango And the second as an incorporated trustee under the Companies and Allied Matters Act of the federal republic of Nigeria."

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