Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, popularly called Shi’ites on Sunday accused the police of killing two of their colleagues during their Arbaeen annual trek in Kano.
The group made the allegation in s statement released by its president media forum, Ibrahim Musa.
Musa said, “It was when the police were dispersing our members that mobile policemen arrived the scene and started firing teargas and eventually live bullets. A Muslim brother and sister were confirmed shot and killed by the police and their remains were taken away by their attackers. Many people were reportedly injured.
“When news spread that mobile police had laid siege to the Arbaeen trekkers in the outskirts of Kano, a London-based human rights group, IHRC, issued a press statement, calling for restraint on the part of the police authorities.
“We are deeply concerned at reports of this build-up given the past attacks on the Islamic Movement by the police and armed forces. The IHRC demand the Nigeria police and authorities to de-escalate the situation immediately.
“However, while terminating today’s trek, a leading member of IMN, Dr. Sanusi Abdulqadir, called on members of the IMN to go back home peacefully as they came, and return tomorrow to continue the march to Zaria.”
Meanwhile, the Kano State Police Command spokesman, DSP Magaji Musa Majia, said the police had earlier held a meeting with the IMN members and advised them not to engage in the procession due to prevailing security situation in the country.
But he denied the allegation that police killed two IMN members.
In order to ensure safety of lives and property, Majia said security operatives were drafted to the scene to ensure safety of lives and property, Mr. Maija said.
He explained that in an attempt to disperse them, the police teargassed the Shi’ites members.