The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiite has revealed that the police shot and killed over a dozen of their members, who were observing their annual Ashura Procession across some states of the Federation on Tuesday.
Spokesman of the IMN, Ibrahim Musa, on Tuesday said three of their members were killed in Kaduna, and the others were killed in Gombe, Bauchi, Azare, and others.
Musa said: “In Bauchi, reports also have it that 3 people were killed during the Ashura procession when the police attacked the mourners.
“Likewise, 3 other people were killed by the police in Azare, also in Bauchi state.
“Another 3 people were killed by the police in Gombe, Gombe state.
“One person was reportedly killed by the police in Illela, during the Ashura procession there, and another person was killed in Goronyo all in Sokoto state. In Malumfashi, Katsina state also another person was killed.
“In Katsina town however, several people sustained bullet wounds when the police opened fire on the mourners, not only during the mourning procession, but afterwards as the well-armed policemen attempted to forcibly make their way into the Islamic centre of the Movement.
“These casualty figures may however rise due to the fatal gunshot wounds sustained by some of the peaceful mourners,” the statement noted.
However, the Shi’ites spokesperson noted that, “today’s show of shame and rage by the police across the states was sequel to the tragic orders given to it by the Inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu to brutally attack the peaceful Ashura mourners.”
“That the mourning procession ended peacefully in places not attacked by the police is sufficient evidence as to who the instigators of violence are whenever we are carrying out our legitimate religious duties.
“We are grateful to Allah the Almighty that has granted us the courage to come out in several cities and villages across the country to commemorate the brutal killing of Imam Hussein (AS), the Grandson of Prophet Muhammad (S) as it is done in several cities across the globe, despite intimidation and threats by the federal government and its agents, acting on behalf of the Saudis by proxy,” Musa alleged.