The United States has condemned the alleged killing of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, also known as Shiites, by operatives Nigerian security agencies.
The US took exception to the killings in a statement issued by the Information Office, Public Affairs Section, Embassy of the United States of America, and made available to journalists in Abuja on Thursday.
The US Government expressed concern over the rate of killings and called on President Muhammadu Buhari government to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident and take appropriate action.
The statement said, “The United States Embassy is concerned by the deaths resulting from clashes between Nigerian security forces and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in areas surrounding Abuja.
“We urge Government of Nigeria authorities to conduct a thorough investigation of the events and to take appropriate action to hold accountable those responsible for violations of Nigerian law. We urge restraint on all sides.”
Shiite members had on Monday clashed with security forces over demand for the release of its leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
IMN had said at least 16 of its members were killed.