Tension In Nasarawa Over Growing Influence Of New Islamic Sect

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Governor Almakura

By; SAMSON YAKI, Lafia

Fear has gripped Nasarawa State following the emergence of a new Islamic Sect known as Hakika, which has emerged in Toto Local Government Area of the state.

The group, with members claiming to be Islamic saints, is currently occupying a large expanse of the forest in the area.

At a meeting in Lafia, the Emir of Lafia, Alhaji Isah Agwai, , who is also the Chairman of the State Traditional Council of Chiefs, expressed dismay over the activities of the group and cautioned residents to be on their guard.

When contacted, the Secretary General of the state Jama’atu Nasril Islam, Ahmed Ali, said the doctrines of the group are not Islamic, saying that they have the kind of religious belief which he thinks, are not Islam..

“They don’t believe in Quran, they don’t believe in any of the doctrines that Allah talked about in the Quran,” he said.

Reacting to the development, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security Matters, Brigadier General Muhammad Adika (rtd), said some of them are those running away from Zamfara State as a result of the pressure and have concentrated themselves in an expanse of land which is highly forested.

Commenting on the development, the state Police Command confirmed the development and said investigations have commenced on the emergence of the religious sect.

The state acting Police Public Relations Officer, Ismaila Usman, said that the State Traditional Council of Chiefs has also confirmed the existence of the sect in Toto Local Government Area of the state.

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