Police denies killing Shiites while dispersing their procession
The Nigerian police have denied the claim by the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria that several of its members were killed by the police while dispersing their procession on Tuesday.
In various interviews with PREMIUM TIMES, the police spokespersons in Kaduna, Bauchi and Katsina states denied that they shot and killed the IMN members. Instead, the officers accused the Shiites of violent protests.
The IMN had in a statement signed by its President, media forum, Ibrahim Musa, on Tuesday accused the police of killing 12 of its members in Kaduna, Bauchi Sokoto, Gombe and Katsina states.
According to the IMN, the protests were peaceful in Abuja and a few other states because they were not interrupted by the police.
The IMN members said the reported deaths where the protests were interrupted by security operatives “was evidence of the fact that the security officers were the perpetrators of the violence recorded during our previous protests.”
“At least three people were confirmed killed by the police in Kaduna and 10 others injured, some fatally, when thousands of Muslim brothers and sisters trooped out in the early hours of today Tuesday 10/09/2019 commemorating the tragic events of Ashura.
“In Bauchi, reports also have it that three people were killed during the Ashura processio when the police attacked the mourners. Likewise, three other people were killed by the police in Azare, also in Bauchi state. Another three people were killed by the police in Gombe state.