The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has accused the Nigeria Police of killing three of its members during its Ashura procession in Kaduna state on Tuesday.
According to TheCable, Yahaya Muhammed, media coordinator of the IMN, said three persons, including a minor was killed in Kaduna while they were observing the religious ritual.
”In Abuja it (the procession) was peaceful because the police could not stop us”.
”Three persons were killed in Kaduna, including a minor. In Gombe, there was shooting one person was confirmed dead. In Azare local government (area) in Bauchi one person was confirmed dead,” he said.
Yakubu Sabo, spokesman of the Kaduna police command, however, denied the claim stating that there was no report of casualty.
“Based on the report we have, there was no casualty. We received a report that they were sighted around Biakin Ruwa bypass, and our men went there and dispersed them professionally,” he said.
”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.”
Recall that the police warned the shiites yesterday against embarking on the Ashura procession describing their activities as “illegal and an act of advancement of terrorism”.