Two people have been killed in a renewed clash between police and Shi’ites in Kaduna
The group was protesting the continued detention of their leaders when police started shooting
A score of Shi’ites was also injured as police tried to disperse the angry protesters on Sunday
Fear has again gripped Kaduna state following a renewed clash between the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shi’ites.
The clash, which occurred on Sunday, August 30, in Kaduna state, reportedly led to the death of two members of the Shi’ite group, The Nation reports.
The Shi’ites were said to be protesting the continued detention of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat when the operatives of the security forces started shooting.A quick interesting look into the attack on Angela Okorie
Zakzaky and Zeenat have been in detention since 2015 despite several court injunctions mandating their release from the facility of the Department of State Security (DSS).
The group was protesting the continued detention of their leaders when police started shooting, Credit: The Nation.
The group has since been proscribed, outlawed and labelled a terrorist organisation by the Kaduna state government led by Governor Nasir El-Rufai.
Speaking on the Sunday protest at the popular Ahmadu Bello Way, a Shi’ites leader confirmed the killing of the two people from the group and further added that several people were also injured during the clash.
“As we speak, we are working on our press release. There was a clash and lost two of our members were killed by Police. Several other members were also injured,” the unnamed IMN leader said.
Kaduna state police command’s public relations officer, ASP Muhammad Jalige, said he has not been briefed about the development but promised to “get details about the incident.”
In a related development, Legit.ng reported that Nigerians in London staged a protest on Thursday, August 20, over the recurrent violence in Southern Kaduna which has claimed hundreds of lives over the years.Celebrities weigh in on the South African xenophobia madness
The protesters asked the international community to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the killings. According to the newspaper, the protest was organised by the Southern Kaduna People in Diaspora (SOKAPDA) Europe.