More than five followers of Shaikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky were allegedly killed in a clash with Military men in Zuba, Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
However the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) accused the Nigerian Army of killing 10 of its members .
“Our members were killed and several others injured while on a peaceful religious procession of Arba’een from Suleja said.
The followers of Shaikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky popularly referred to as Shites were in procession from Suleja, Niger State to the capital city yesterday all dressed in black.
According to an eye wittiness, the Shites were coming from Suleja protesting the continual detention of their leader, Shaikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.
” As members of Shites were coming from Suleja on getting to the check point in Dan Kogi, Zuba, the Military men asked them to go back, they bluntly refused and they started stoning the military men and they gun five of them down immediately.
” Shites members were not perturbed seeing five of their men laying dead on the road, they are determined to fight to finish as they block the road causing holdup for more than an hour”, .” It takes a combined effort of military men form Dei Dei, Dakwa and Zuba to scatter them as they all ran in different direction for safety.he added.
“Commuter’s, Drivers, ‘Agberos’, and traders were not left out as we all ran for our dear lives.
The clash crippled the day’s economic activities in the areas as some drivers and traders voluntarily closed their businesses for the day.
A statement by the President, Media Forum of the group, Ibrahim Musa, condemned the action of the soldiers describing it as “unwarranted” especially when the procession was peaceful.
“The procession was being rounded up for the day, when soldiers opened fire on the peaceful marchers without any provocation whatsoever.
The fact that a similar Arba’een march was conducted in Kano along the Kano-Zaria highway for two days without any incident is enough a pointer to the peaceful nature of the annual religious rites. Similar Arba’een mourning processions are currently ongoing in Katsina and Kaduna states without any incident.”