Shi’ites-Police Clash in Kano: Two Feared Dead with Many More Injured

Two have reportedly been killed following a deadly clash between members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, popularly called Shi’ites, and the police yesterday, Sunday, Novermber 5, in Kano.

According to reports, the Shi’ites group claimed that the police killed two of their colleagues during their Arbaeen annual trek in the Northern state.

The Islamic group members had, according to reports, started the trek from Kofar Mazugal in the Kano metropolis around 10am and later stopped for the afternoon prayers at Kofar, Nasarawa at the popular Lado overhead bridge.

According to an eyewitness account, it was at Lado on Zaria road that the sect members were intercepted by policemen who allegedly fired teargas and live bullets at them which resulted in the death of two members of the sect with many more suffering varied degrees of injury.

In a press statement issued after the deadly incident, the President, Media Forum of IMN, Ibrahim Musa, claimed that two Shi’ites members were killed by the police.

The statement read in part –

“It was when the police were dispersing our members that mobile policemen arrived the scene and started firing teargas and eventually live bullets. A Muslim brother and sister were confirmed shot and killed by the police and their remains were taken away by their attackers. Many people were reportedly injured.

When news spread that mobile police had laid siege to the Arbaeen trekkers in the outskirts of Kano, a London-based human rights group, IHRC, issued a press statement, calling for restraint on the part of the police authorities.

We are deeply concerned at reports of this build-up given the past attacks on the Islamic Movement by the police and armed forces. The IHRC demand the Nigeria police and authorities to de-escalate the situation immediately.

However, while terminating today’s trek, a leading member of IMN, Dr. Sanusi Abdulqadir, called on members of the IMN to go back home peacefully as they came, and return tomorrow to continue the march to Zaria.”

However, the Kano State Police Command through its spokesman, DSP Alhaji Magaji Musa Majia, said the police had earlier held a meeting with the IMN members and advised them not to engage in the procession due to prevailing security situation in the country. He also denied that the police killed two members of the Islamic sect.