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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Qudus Day Procession: Attack on Shi'ite group uncalled for – Groups

Qudus Day Procession: Attack on Shi'ite group uncalled for – Groups

A human rights organisation, Anti-corruption network has accused the government of Kaduna State led by Nasir El-Rufai of being intolerance of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) and called for fairness and justice to all and sundry in the state.

The Executive Secretary of the group, Honourable Ebenezer Oyelakin who was in Kaduna to monitor the procession, said at a press conference on Friday that the Shi'ite sect is not a violent group that any government should be threatened by their existence.
The Kaduna State Police and other security agents had dispersed the group who were said to be observing their annual Qudus day through a peaceful procession with tear gas and ‎gun shots with many injured and one young boy allegedly shot.
He called on the Nigeria government to thread with caution to avoid the negative experiences of some countries where its citizens were pushed to the world.
In the same vein, ‎the convener of Concerned Nigeria, Prince Deji Adeyanju was also in Kaduna to monitor the procession as a way of authenticating or otherwise of the negative narratives about the Shiite group.
According to him, "what we experienced today is nothing ‎but the height of impunity where security agencies saddled with the responsibilities of protecting her citizens decided to use tear gas to disperse a peaceful procession to the point of shooting with live ammunitions.
"This is what we witnessed, police started with tear gas and fired live bullet and it is rather unfortunate;, we are calling for the release of the leader of the IMN, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife according to the court ruling.
"The same procession took place peacefully in Katsina, Gombe and Nasarawa with no fracas of any sort, why should Kaduna's own be different. What transpired baffled me because it was a peaceful process" he said.
Earlier, one of the leaders of the group, Sheikh Yakubu Yahaya who spoke with journalists had expressed sadness on why security agents opened fire on armless citizens on peaceful procession.
He alleged that some governors may have been contracted to kill the Shi'ite group in Nigeria, adding that "we have take our case to Allah and will seek legal redress accordingly as a law-abiding citizens.”
"The security agents loaded in about 15 trucks heavily armed descended ‎on the armless citizens on peaceful procession; as at now, we are aware that one person was shot and several people sustained various degrees of injuries.
However, the Acting Police Public Relations Officer‎ (PPRO)s ASP Mustapha Mohammed, when contacted said that security agents stopped the procession to prevent break down of law and order.
He added that investigation into what transpired is ongoing. He however did not confirm any casualty as at the time of filing the report.

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