From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Kaduna State Police Command has described as false the allegation that three members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN were killed during a pandemonium in Bakin Ruwa area of the Nnamdi Azikwe Expressway yesterday.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo Abubakar disclosed this in a statement made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday.
According to him, the IMN group was gathering to proceed on Ashura Day procession and was dispersed professionally, and that no one was killed.
He described the claims as false and mischievous.
However, the president of the Media Forum of the Movement, Ibrahim Musa in a statement said 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 yesterday to commemorate the tragic events of Ashura
Similarly a leader of the IMN in Kaduna, Alliyu Umar said, the police attacked them while observing their religious right of Ashura mourning.
According to him, “What happened to us this morning was not a clash. It was an attack on armless members of IMN. We were observing an event in Islamic calendar which is called Ashura mourning as a procession.
“We were on our way to observe this procession. We were doing it peacefully as we were doing it before when Policemen attacked us, shooting live bullets at us where they killed three people and wounded so many others. I’m yet to confirm the number of those that are wounded.”
The IMN group had gathered to proceed on Ashura Day procession when the incident happened in the early hours of Tuesday.
Investigation shows that Shi’ites had planned to come out as early as 6:00 am to beat the security agents to the plan to stop them from the procession.
However, the police who relied on intelligence report quickly moved to the scene and dispersed the gathering of IMN members.