The Police in Plateau State has quizzed the Chairman of Council of Ulama of Jama’atu Izalatilu Bid’ah Wa’ikamatis Sunnah, (JIBWIS) Alh-Sheikh Muhammad Sani Jingir for holding a large number of congregation during last Friday Jumma’at Prayer in Jos.
According to the Police Public Relation Officer, PPRO Gabriel Ubah, the act violated both the Federal and State government directives on not more than fifty in any gathering including worship centres across the nation.
Addressing pressmen at the state Police Command in Jos, the command spoke person noted that the crowd that attended Jumma’at prayer which was led by the Sheikh Jingir himself was far above the appved, which made the command to invite him for questioning and that he has accepted to henceforth go by the rules of the governments in all their activities including Jumma’at prayer in line with the directives for safety.
There was a mild drama when the Sheikh was approached by pressmen for questions as he declined comment, allowing the JIBWIS legal adviser, Barrister Aliyu Sagai to speak on his behalf.
The legal adviser, noted that the rules of hand washing, social distance and not more than 50 congregations was unknown to them officially, but since it has made known, they appreciate it.
When asked if he believe corona virus is real, he said it is “relative” and on the viral video showing Sheikh Muhammed Jingir addressing his followers that no government can stop them from worship because they didn’t elect them to stop them from worship, Barrister Sagai said that particular video was recorded before the government directives.
His explanation was interrupted by the National Publicity Secretary of the JIBWIS, Ahmed Muhammed who said they have issued a press statement on their position to go by the government rules and have closed all their schools with over 7m students nationwide and also provided hand sanitizers and to observe the social distancing.
It could be recalled that before Friday last week, there was a viral video of the Islamic spiritual father of the JIBWIS on disregard to government directives, followed by the massive turnout of his followers who in some of the videos were seen mocking security operatives and chanting “no corona virus”.
Following what the government considered as disregard to the authority, the Plateau state government categorically said nobody is above the law and directed security agencies in the state to take necessary action against all the violators.