On Tuesday, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), popularly known as Shiite, was dispersed along the Abuja-Kubwa expressway by security operatives who allegedly killed five Shiite members.
According to reports, several others were injured in the clash.
According to the group, the procession was in commemoration of its annual symbolic Arba’una (the assassination of Hussain, a grandson of Prophet Muhammad (SAW)).
Earlier, protesters who follow Sheikh Ibrahim Elzakzaky held procession across various towns in the northern part of the country
Abdullahi Bello, leader of the Mityr Foundation, told one of our reporters that the injured were taken away by security men.
“They picked them from the scene of the incident, but our delegation found them at the police clinic in Area 1 and evacuated them to other hospitals for better care,” Bello added.
The procession ended the commemoration at a time when prayers were being said to close the event around 11 a.m. Tuesday, he said.
According to Josephine Adeh, the spokesperson of the FCT Police Command, the group came to Abuja to cause trouble.
According to a security report we got before now, they mobilised people from about six states into the FCT with the intent of making the city ungoverned.
“They used dangerous weapons against us. They threw explosives and stones at our men. She explained that they were simply dispersed with tear gas.
She said no deaths were reported, but some protesters were injured.
42 members of the group were arrested for obstructing traffic and throwing stones and explosives at police, according to her.
A similar procession was dispersed in Abuja in 2018 with some IMN members allegedly shot by soldiers.