- IMN has said at least a dozen of of its members were killed across Nigeria during the peaceful Ashura mourning procession
- The group which held its annual procession on Tuesday, September 10, said its members were killed by the police
- Police, however, denied killing any member of Shiite
The members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), popularly known as Shiite, on Tuesday, September 10, accused the Nigerian police of killing 12 of its members during its procession in some parts of the country.
Premium Times reports that the Shiites on Tuesday, September 10, held their annual religious rite, Ashura, across many states in Nigeria.
Legit.ng gathered that the group’s spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa, in a statement said that the killings took place after attacks on Ashura mourners in Kaduna, Bauchi, Sokoto and Katsina states.
According to him, the similar processions in Abuja, Jos, Kebbi, Minna, Lafia, Yola, Gusau, Zaria, Kano, Jalingo, Damaturu, Hadejia and Potiskum, ended peacefully.
Ashura, a Shiite mourning period in commemoration of the killing of Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Muhammad, is observed on the 10th day of the first month of Islamic lunar calendar, Muharram.
It would be recalled that the police had said in a statement that it would treat the planned procession as “a gathering in advancement of terrorism.”
The IMN members said the reported deaths where the protests were interrupted by security operatives was evidence of the fact that the security officers were the perpetrators of the violence recorded during previous protests.
The statement read: “At least three people were confirmed killed by the police in Kaduna and 10 others injured, some fatally, when thousands of Muslim brothers and sisters trooped out in the early hours of Tuesday, September 10, commemorating the tragic events of Ashura.
“In Bauchi, reports also have it that three people were killed during the Ashura procession when the police attacked the mourners. Likewise, three other people were killed by the police in Azare, also in Bauchi state. Another three people were killed by the police in Gombe state."
Meanwhile, the Nigerian police has denied the claim by the IMN that several of its members were killed by the police while dispersing their procession on Tuesday, September 11.
According to the online medium, the police spokespersons in Kaduna, Bauchi and Katsina states denied that they shot and killed the IMN members but the officers accused the Shiites of violent protests.
Legit.ng had previously reported that members of the IMN defied police order by embarking on its Ashura mourning procession in Abuja in the morning of Tuesday, September 10. This is despite its proscription by the federal government.
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