A member of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria otherwise known as ‘Shiites’ was confirmed dead while scores sustained varying degrees of injuries.
This followed a clash between the sect and security officials in Kaduna
It was learnt that the incident happened when the Shi’ites were on a procession to mark the annual Quds day; the last Friday of Ramadan to protest against the Israeli occupation of Palestine
It was gathered that security agents had tried to disperse members of the group when it turned violent as an eyewitness said security agents used teargas and live ammunition on members of the IMN.
One of the leaders of the Shi’ites in Kaduna, Aliyu Umar, while speaking with journalists, said, “The annual Quds day is a global event and commemorated even in western countries and wondered why they are frequently haunted by security agents when marking the day.”
“The procession was peaceful and had tried to avoid the police who were already stationed in strategic position to block but they trailed from behind and used teargas and live bullets on our members. One person was shot dead; we have just held the Janazah prayers and nine sustained bullet wounds.”
The police command in the state declined comment but a source at the police headquarters who crave anonymity described the procession as unlawful.
He added that the force only employed the use of minimal force while the action of the Shi’ites had resulted to damage of public and private property.
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