The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), has come out to say that the police killed three of its members during a procession in Kaduna State on Tuesday, September 10.
The police had warned the group against embarking on activities they described as ‘an act of advancement of terrorism’ but the Shi’ite group defied the warning of the police and embarked on its annual Ashura procession in some parts of the country including Abuja.
Though the procession in Abuja was peaceful, reports are rife that the march in some parts of the country had turned violent.
The media coordinator of the IMN, Yahaya Muhammed, in an interview with newsmen, said that three persons, including a minor, was killed in Kaduna while they were observing the religious ritual.
”In Abuja the procession was peaceful because the police could not stop us. But three persons were killed in Kaduna, including a minor. In Gombe, there was shooting and one person was confirmed dead. In Azare local government area in Bauchi, one person was confirmed dead.”
But the police have swiftly denied the claim that three people were killed in Kaduna. The spokesperson of the Kaduna State Police Command, Yakubu Sabo, insisted that there was no report of casualty and that the group was making up stories to win public sympathy.
“Based on the report we have, there was no casualty. We received a report that they were sighted around Bakin Ruwa bypass, and our men went there and dispersed them professionally.
That has been their (IMN) approach to make frivolous claims. This is a group that has been proscribed by the state and federal government. The police will not fold its arms; we dispersed them professionally. There was no report of casualty. They are just making this claim to seek public sympathy.”