RELIGION

Nigeria state orders arrest of banned Shiite group spokesman

FILE- In this Friday, April. 1, 2016 file photo, Nigerian Shiite Muslims take to the street to protest and demanded the release of Shiite leader Ibraheem Zakzaky in Cikatsere, Nigeria.  A newly outlawed Shiite Muslim group in northern Nigeria on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016 accused officials of using tear gas, clubs and sticks to round up members including women and children, as pressure grew on a minority group that the military has accused of trying to assassinate its army chief. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)

FILE- In this Friday, April. 1, 2016 file photo, Nigerian Shiite Muslims take to the street to protest and demanded the release of Shiite leader Ibraheem Zakzaky in Cikatsere, Nigeria. A newly outlawed Shiite Muslim group in northern Nigeria on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016 accused officials of using tear gas, clubs and sticks to round up members including women and children, as pressure grew on a minority group that the military has accused of trying to assassinate its army chief. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)  (The Associated Press)

Officials have ordered the arrest of the spokesman of a newly outlawed Shiite Muslim group in northern Nigeria.

Samuel Aruwan, special assistant to the governor of Kaduna state, on Sunday announced the arrest order for Ibrahim Musa, spokesman for the Iranian-inspired Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

The announcement came two days after the state ruled the group was illegal.

Aruwan said Musa flouted the order by identifying himself as the group's spokesman in statements over the weekend.

A Kaduna state commission of inquiry recently said the Islamic Movement in Nigeria was responsible for provoking an attack in December 2015 on its headquarters, during which the army gunned down more than 300 Shiites.

The group's leader, Ibraheem Zakzaky, was shot seven times during the attack. He has been in custody since December.