- The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has declared that the Nigerian Army can’t face its members, if they have weapons
- The Shiites claimed that soldiers were running away from them, even with their empty hands; not to talk of if they had weapons
- The group added that it has paid N8 million as hospital bills, so far, for 106 Shiites who are receiving treatment at various hospitals in Abuja
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has stated that if its members have weapons, the Nigerian Army can’t face them.
The leader of the group, Abdullahi Zango, made the comment on Monday, November 5, during a press conference on the recent clash between soldiers and its members in Abuja, The Cable reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Zango accused soldiers of attacking defenseless protesters; and stated that the military “fabricated lies, cooked up to cover their atrocities”.
He said: “They continue to say that we are armed, this is a blatant lie. If we are armed, Nigerian Army cannot face us.
“If we have weapons with us, Nigerian Army is too small to face us. With our courage and brevity, with empty hands, they are running away from us; talk less of when we have arms. They know that we are not armed because they are cowards.”
Zango further alleged that persons with arms had been planted among the Shiites, by the police, in a bid to incriminate the group.
He said that security agents had killed 47 persons in total; and disclosed that the movement has paid N8 million as hospital bills for 106 Shiites who are receiving treatment at various hospitals in Abuja.
He said an additional N25 million will be needed to cater for other casualties who are still recuperating. According to him, the total number of persons killed by the security agents is now 47.
Zango added: “The situation of throwing stones at them; yes, it is the weapon of somebody who is not armed.”
Many Nigerians and various human rights groups, including Amnesty International, have condemned the Army’s handling of the Shiites.
Amnesty International accused soldiers of "firing live ammunition to disperse a peaceful gathering, without warning”.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the United States government, through its embassy and consulate in Nigeria, stated that it was concerned about the violence between protesting Shiites and Nigerian soldiers in areas surrounding Abuja.
In a statement posted on its website, the US embassy called for a thorough investigation of the violence.
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