The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shi’ites, has said that it recovered the bodies of 16 of its members who were allegedly killed by soldiers on Mondayin Abuja when its members clashed with security operatives during a protest at Nyanya military checkpoint.
Spokesman of the Islamic sect, Abdullahi Musa accused soldiers of taking away unspecified number of corpses in their trucks, but according to him they were able to count 16 dead bodies, with many people injured during the clash.
Mr. Musa fingered President Muhammadu Buhari of ordering guards brigade to kill their members, saying that one of the soldiers had earlier confirmed to them that they had order from the above to shoot the protesters.
It is understood that trouble started when security operatives formed a barricade at the city gate that borders the federal capital territory (FCT) and Nasarawa state, preventing the protesters from crossing into Mararaba/Nasarawa area of Abuja.
But the Shiites insisted on crossing, which led to the clash.
Security operatives say that they were pelted with stones and petrol bombs.
But the sect said that this happened only after policemen and soldiers opened fire on the IMN members responded by hurling stones and petrol bombs at them.
Recall that soldiers also clashed with members of the sect in Zaria, Kaduna state in December 2015, leading to the arrest of Ibraheem el-Zakzaky, leader of the sect, and his wife. Both are still in detention, despite court orders for their release.
According to a white paper released by the Kaduna State government, 348 civilians and one soldiers were killed.
Also in November 2016, at least 10 people were killed and several injured when police opened fire during clashes with pro-Iranian Shiites outside the northern Nigerian city of Kano.