From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) known as Shi’ite have commemorated the 40th day of the alleged assassination of their members by policemen during the recent ‘Ashura’ Procession when the sect clashed with the police in Azare town, Katagum Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
The event which held at Fodiya Islamic school Azare was attended by Shi’ite leaders from other local governments and states.
In an interview, leader of the sect in Katagum local government Malam Aliyu Abubakar Dawud said the event was organized to remember and mourn their slain members.
Dawud alleged that the police some months back killed three of their members, injured 30 others and detained seven while they were demonstrating against the assassination of prophet Muhammad’s grandson Imam Hussain during his lifetime.
He condemned the alleged attack on the sect during the procession claiming that they were unarmed and not violent when police allegedly molested them.
Dawud said they would visit the grave of the deceased persons immediately after the gathering to offer special prayers for the repose of their souls.