- Shiites members have accused Nigeria security operatives of mobilising miscreants against them
- The members of the religious sect were said to have been attacked today June 23
- The mob were also said to have attacked the sect with dangerous weapons
Shiites members have allegedly been attacked during a procession by on Friday June 23.
According to reports, ten people were arrested during the march.
The incident was said to have occurred around 1p.m. when the Shiites resisted mob action to disperse them along Kasunwan Barci roundabout, Tudun Wada, Kaduna.
A witness, Mallam Danbatta, said the mob were attacking vehicles of the sect with clubs and other dangerous weapons as they tried to flee the area, Premium Times Reports.
“We were watching from a storey building where my family and I took refuge as the mob in their dozens destroyed vehicles of the Shiite members who attempted to speed off the scene along Kasuwan Barci round about to Maimuna Gwarzo junction.
“The police followed with tear gas and gun shots to disperse the clash. It was a terrible experience,” he said.
A shop-owner in Kasuwan Barci, Awwal Haruna, claimed he sustained injury while trying to save a Shiite member who ran for safety from being lynched by over 20 angry youths.
“Some youths would have killed one Shiite member in front of my shop and cause wahala for us. I even sustained bruises while trying to prevent them from attacking. He narrowly escaped with wounds,” he said.
Meanwhile, Yakubu Yahaya, leader of the Katsina chapter of the Shiite sect, claimed Nigeria's security agents mobilised thugs against the sect.
“The clash is not between us and the community. It is government that mobilised some youths with 15 police and army vehicles who fired tear gas and live bullets at us.
“We have two casualties, a boy and a girl whom the security have taken with them. The boy is currently in a hospital receiving treatment from gunshot wounds by the police,” he said.
The name of the boy with the gun shot injury was given as Hussaini Saeed.
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The army spokesperson, Mr. Umoh, however confirmed that the procession was peaceful in Zaria, Katsina and some other places, though there were clashes in Kaduna between the sect and the Kasuwan Barci community.
“The report we have is that normalcy has returned to those area around Kasuwan Barci.”
“The civil disturbance you heard about was between some members of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria and some members of the community there.
“As I speak to you, we have actually made about 10 arrest because of that incident and is still being investigated.”
NAIJ.com had reported that the Shiite Islamic sect, which has had numerous confrontations with the Nigerian government, allegedly held a ritual on Sunday, February 19, 2017 in Borno state over the President Buhari's health.
According to Khalid Abdul, a Facebook user, the ritual was for Nigeria's President, Buhari who is in the United Kingdom on medical vacation, to die over there. According to reports, the people are unhappy with the government because of the continuous detention of their leader Ibrahim El Zakzaky.
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