The Islamic Movement In Nigeria also known as ‘Shi’ites’ clashed with police in Kaduna during a protest against the continued detention of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
Two members of the sect were reported to have been killed during the clash and three other persons were said to have sustained various degrees of injuries and are currently receiving treatment at undisclosed hospitals in the state.
The State Police command confirmed that only two civilians were injured and added that no one died during the clash, The spokesman for the police in Kaduna State, ASP Mukhtar Aliyu said policemen were at Leventis roundabout after receiving reports that the Shi’ites were about to embark on the protest.
ASP Mukhtar noted that police were on ground to disperse the protesters because of the state government ban on such protest in the state. According to the spokesman in the course of doing that, however, there was an alteration between the protesters and the police.
But the Shiites’ spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, confirmed that one person was killed while several others were injured.
“It has been confirmed that one person was killed and several others were injured by the police,” he said.
Earlier, Musa had issued a statement to explain that the processions were held in major towns of the North to protest their leader’s continued detention.
He added that their action became necessary in view of the deteriorating health condition of their leader.
He said “Free Zakzaky processions were carried out in major towns of northern Nigeria to press for the freedom of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky because of the news of his deteriorating state of health.
“Protests had taken place in Kaduna, Kano and Bauchi among several other places on Saturday night.”