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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Horror: Police Officers, Several Others Injured As Police, Shi'ites Clash Heavily In Kaduna

Some police officers have clashed with members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, leaving many people injured.
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At least 2 Policemen and several members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) the Shi’ites were seriously injured in Kaduna yesterday, New Telegraph reports.
The Kaduna State police command was trying to prevent the Shiites from continuing their protest over the detention of their leader Sheik Ibraheem El-zakzaky when trouble ensured.
The Shiites who were in their numbers took over the business district of Kaduna metropolis with placards bearing different inscriptions demanding the release of Sheikh El zakzaky.
Business activities in the area was grounded to a halt as vehicles were stock in the gridlock at the popular Ahmadu Bello way, and the Kaduna Central Market area.
Pandemonium ensued when the police tried to disperse the crowd.
In the ensuing fracas two police officers and some members of the Shiites sustained varying degrees of injuries.
The police disclosed that the Shiites were armed, but the Shiites deny the allegations.
Kaduna State Police Command’s Spokesman, ASP Aliyu Mukhtar told newsmen on phone that the 2 policemen were receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Kaduna.
According to Aliyu, “the Shi’ites in their usual procession came with many women and children and blocked the major road in the state, denying other citizens their right to use the road.

“But this time around, they came fully armed. Two of our men were critically injured and they are now receiving treatment at a hospital here in Kaduna. But I don’t know if there is any causality on their own part.
“As I speak with you, we have been able to disperse them and brought the situation under control. We were also able to arrest five of them. The Police will not condone any form of lawlessness in the state”, he said.
Speaking on the fracas, Leader of Shi’ites in Kaduna, Sheik Aliyu Tirmizi denied that their protesting members were armed saying, “they don’t carry firearms and have no plan to carry it”.

“The allegation levelled against us is that we came fully armed is not true. We have been protesting the release of our leader who is in government custody for quite a long time. We have never carried arms and we can never carry arms.

“As we speak, I cannot tell you if any of our members was killed because we are still taking inventory of what happened. But several of them were seriously injured by bullets from Police guns while many were equally arrested”.

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