Unconfirmed Number of Persons Feared Killed as Shi’ites Attack El-Rufai’s Convoy

Unconfirmed Number of Persons Feared Killed as Shi’ites Attack El-Rufai’s Convoy

  • The convoy of the Kaduna state governor was attacked on Thursday, March 16, following a clash between some Shi'ites and his security detail
  • The attack on Governor Nasir El-Rufai's convoy has reportedly led to the death of an unspecified number of persons in the state
  • Meanwhile, sources claim the governor's convoy ran into the IMN members who were protesting and demanding the release of Sheikh Ibrahim El- Zakzaky, and his wife Zeenat's international travel documents

The convoy of Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state was attacked on Thursday, March 17.

The attack reportedly led to the death of an unspecified number of persons as members of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), popularly known as Shi'ites, and the security detail attached to the governor clashed.

Shiites Clash, Nasir El-Rufai's convoy
Governor Nasir El-Rufai's convoy was attacked on Thursday, March 17. Photo credit: Nasir El-Rufai
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How El-Rufai's convoy was attacked

According to a report by Channels TV, some sources in the area revealed that the governor’s convoy ran into the IMN members who were protesting along the road demanding the release of the international travel documents of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El- Zakzaky, and his wife Zeenat, by the Federal Government.

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Police react

Meanwhile, the police authorities in Kaduna State are yet to comment on the incident, but a government official who was in the governor’s convoy disclosed the Shi'ites members were heavily armed with dangerous weapons during the Procession, a Daily Trust report also confirmed.

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Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC)'s secretary in the Ikwerre local government area of Rivers state, Amadi Osaronu, is nowhere to be found.

Osaronu was kidnapped by gunmen disguised as policemen in his residence in Aluu, Ikwerre LGA, on Wednesday, March 15.

This was confirmed on Thursday, March 16, by the APC spokesman in Rivers, Darlington Nwauju.

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Legit.ng earlier reported that Sheriff Oborevwori, the Delta state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, survived an assassination attempt on Sunday, March 12.

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The shooters attacked the governorship hopeful along the Warri-Sapele highway when he was going to Osubi in the Okpe local government area of the state.

Dennis Otu, the chief press secretary to Oborevwori, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, March 14, adding that a “bulletproof car saved the life” of the state house of assembly speaker.

Source: Legit.ng

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Esther Odili (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Esther Odili is a journalist and a Politics/Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng with 6+ years of experience. Before joining Legit.ng, Esther has worked with other reputable media houses, such as the New Telegraph newspaper and Galaxy Television. She Holds OND and HND in Mass Communication from NIJ, where she was recognized as the best student in print journalism in 2018. Email: esther.odili@corp.legit.ng.

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