Again, Nigeria Security Forces Clash With Shiites Muslim 

 

Shiites muslim group otherwise known as the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has once again clashed with security forces in the North Western State of Kaduna, Nigeria. 

 

It is not the first time the Shiites muslim group will be clashing with the security agencies. 

 

In 2015, a convoy carrying the then Chief of Army Staff, Gen Tukur Buratai clashed with the Shiites muslim group leaving many casualties. 

 

The group later announced in a statement by its spokesman, Ibrahim Musa that about 1,000 of their members were killed and buried in a shallow grave at night. 

 

The Kaduna State government admitted secretly burying some of the Shiites members but said they were not up to 1,000. 

 

Since then, there have been several clashes between the Shiites muslim group and government officials which led to the banning of the activities of the group. 

 

Even though the Shiites muslim group have opposed the banning of the activities, they have however, continue to carry out their activities even when their leader, Sheik Ibraheem Al-zakzaky and wife were in detention. 

 

But the Kaduna clash, eyewitnesses said occurred when “the Shi’ites were on a procession to mark the annual Quds day; usually marked with a procession on the last Friday of Ramadan to protest against Israeli occupation of Palestine.”

 

“The situation became violent when police operatives tried to stop the Shi’ites. They dispersed them and confusion ensued.”

It was alleged that the operatives used teargas on the Shi’ites.”

 

But Aliyu Umar, who is the leader of the Shiites group in Kaduna said there is no law preventing them from carrying out their religious rituals. 

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Umar, who said he can’t understand why they should be prevented from the annual Quds day,  a global religious event, said: 

 

“The procession was peaceful, we tried to avoid the police who were already stationed in a strategic position to block us. But they trailed us 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,” he alleged .

“The police arrested eight of our members , it’s not true that we burnt a police station and  set ablaze vehicles,” he said.

The Kaduna State Police Command was yet to react to the incident,” he said. 

 

Report say the clash between the police and the Shiites muslim group led to the killing of one person while about nine members of the group were injured. 

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