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At Least 13 Deaths Recorded During Shiites’ Procession in Kaduna, Katsina & Sokoto States

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The Police Command in Sokoto State on Wednesday confirmed that hoodlums killed a Shiite (a member of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria) in Tudun Wada in Sokoto North Local Government area. Another three Shiites were also reportedly killed in Kaduna and nine killed in Funtua, Katsina.

Security forces in Katsina had banned the procession on Tuesday.

Deputy Commissioner of Police in Sokoto, Alkasim Sunusi  confirmed that the Shiite man killed in the state was attacked on his way to a procession of the sect by a mob.

Sunusi said that the victim was “seriously beaten and killed, while his Toyota Avensis vehicle with registration number BRK 144 CM was burnt by the hoodlums”.

He said that some members of the sect also engaged members of the public in a violent confrontation at Tamaje area of Sokoto South Local Government.

Sunusi said that three motor cycles belonging to the sect members were burnt, while one person was arrested with cutlass.

The police boss said that the command had since embarked on further investigation and called on members of the public to go about their normal businesses.

The IMN on its own said three of its members were killed by a mob in Tudun Wada area of Kaduna during a procession.

Abdulmuminu Giwa, a member of the outlawed group, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna that the mob also burnt down a house of one of the group’s leaders, and demolished its school located in the area.

Reports from Zaria, erstwhile national headquarters of the group, however, said the city was calm as residents went about their normal business.

The Kaduna  State Police Command confirmed the attack on the houses of some of the sect’s members in Tudun Wada but denied receiving any report of death.

The command’s spokesman, ASP Aliyu Usman told NAN that security had been beefed up in the area to prevent further breakdown of law and order.

He warned hoodlums and mischief makers that the police would deal decisively with anyone caught fomenting trouble.

The Kaduna State Government had on Friday, October 7, outlawed the group.

The government also ordered the arrest of the group’s spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, who said the Shiites would challenge the order in court.

Musa in a statement said today was observed as Ashura in major cities across Nigeria by the Islamic Movement.

He said 13 persons were killed by thugs in Funtua in Katsina State, Sokoto and Kaduna.

According to Musa:

The procession of the martyrdom of Imam Husain started in Funtua, Katsina state peacefully, but was later stopped by a team of policemen who were drafted to the scene to forcibly stop the march.

After firing teargas canisters on the procession, the police opened fire with live bullets killing nine instantly and injuring about 20 others. There are reports that they went with some victims.

In Kaduna, the peaceful Ashura procession was concluded without any incident. However,  armed thugs attacked some members of IMN on their way to their various homes injuring them. This was followed by torching of Islamic Centre of IMN at Tudun wada Kaduna and subsequent demolition  by a combined team of policemen and the Army. Three members of the Movement were killed there.

The story was similar in Jos, Plateau state, where (suspected) armed soldiers brutally attacked the Ashura procession, then proceeded to invade the Islamic Centre belonging to IMN, making some arrests while threatening to demolish the worship complex.

Nevertheless, peaceful Ashura processions were conducted in Katsina, Yola, Potiskum, Suleja, Bauchi, Gombe, Lafia and Kano among many towns.

In Kano though, the police arrested some Musulim sisters of IMN on their way to their various homes.

They have been taken to Bompai police headquarters. A number of arrests were also made in Kaduna and were arraigned before the Shariah Court Daura road. These were sent to prison,” he said.

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11 Comments

  1. Ides of March

    October 12, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    This needs to be handled very delicately/diplomatically, we don’t want another Boko Haram type sect exploding, Nigeria already has enough to deal with. Meanwhile, why is the police allowed to fire live rounds into a crowd though? Gosh we need to value human lives a bit more. #helpusJesus

    • kingston

      October 14, 2016 at 5:41 am

      THESE ARE NOT HUMANS! THESE ARE SLAVE MINDED WANNA BE ARABIANS FROM NIGER CURRENTLY COUCHING IN NIGERIA!

  2. Hashva

    October 12, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Don’t these people ever learn anything from the past? Isn’t this how boko haram got to being? Why can’t we just live and let live in this part of the world. If they are not constituting violent nuisance, then ignore them!

    • Abeg

      October 14, 2016 at 5:39 am

      The concern in ur comment! is exactly why they r acting like this! Send any of these bigots to saudi arabia let alone Tunisia and see how quickly they r converted into slaves!!! But in Africa they r putting up This act! God Damm Arab wanna-be’s

  3. Complaint

    October 12, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    BN I am an avid reader making a complaint about posting pictures of dead bodies without even as much as a viewers discretion warning in the title of the post. I expect such gory pictures from tabloid blogs not a platform that promotes motivational and feel good messages.

  4. nnenne

    October 12, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Nigerians and religion (Christians Muslims etc), foreign religions as such yet very corrupt. More religious than the people who brought it to us
    Ridiculous!
    Every year, we deplete our economy while enriching other countries all in the name of hajj, pilgrimage . We make those countries rich come home and kill each other.
    Reason, my people!!

    • Jpk

      October 16, 2016 at 2:04 am

      It isn’t “we.” Hajj is only done by ONE of those religions. This violence is largely committed by people of ONE religion. I don’t know why people make such generalities and are afraid to single them out.

  5. arikeagbe

    October 13, 2016 at 12:43 am

    BN, I don’t think it’s okay to publish pictures of corpses like this o.

  6. yemite

    October 13, 2016 at 10:31 am

    While all this is happening during el-rufai time? I fink the governor can’t govern wright. because as a governor you can’t be killing people who you are govern if not who will you govern after your citizen as been killed. At time is good to consult before taking decision if not you might have big problem. Religion is very very very and very essential to over rule.

  7. Prince

    October 13, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Make dem dey kill themselves. Evil religion

  8. zozo

    October 13, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    im sunnit and a real sunnit but i dnt support people that arr fighting shiitte evryone should beleive what he want and evryone has the freedoom to praticise what he wich too only god can judge us

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