Islamic Movement of Nigeria in one of their usual procession
Islamic Movement of Nigeria in one of their usual procession

Members of the embattled Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, have recorded deaths and various casualty figures across the northern states following processions they carried out to commemorate their Islamic religious obligations on Wednesday.
In Kano, members of the movement were arrested while returning to their various homes after taking part in processions contrary to warning against that by the police on Tuesday.
However, a statement issued by the central body of the movement stressed that “the police arrested some Muslim sisters of IMN on their way to their various homes and they have been taken to Bompai police headquarters.”
The statement signed by President of the Media Forum, Ibrahim Musa, and made available to our correspondent, stated that “on Wednesday, 10th Muharram, 1438 was commemorated as Ashura in major cities across Nigeria by the Islamic Movement, but was however attacked by a combined force of security agents and some others dressed as hoodlums as well as paid thugs escorting them, resulting in deaths in Funtua, Sokoto and Kaduna.
“The procession of the martyrdom of Imam Husain started in Funtua, Katsina State, peacefully, but was later stopped by a team of policemen who were drafted to the scene to forcibly stop the march.
“After firing teargas canisters on the procession, the police opened fire with live bullets, killing nine instantly and injuring about 20 others. There are reports that they went with some victims,” the statement said.
The statement further stressed d that “in Kaduna, the peaceful Ashura procession was concluded without any incident.
“However, armed paid thugs attacked some members of IMN on their way to their various homes injuring them.”
“This was followed by torching of Islamic Centre of IMN at Tudun Wada, Kaduna, and subsequent demolition by a combined team of policemen and the army. Three members of the movement were killed there.
“The story was similar in Jos, Plateau State, where armed soldiers brutally attacked the Ashura procession, then proceeded to invade the Islamic Centre belonging to IMN, making some arrests while threatening to demolish the worship complex.
“Nevertheless, peaceful Ashura processions were conducted in Katsina, Yola, Potiskum, Suleja, Bauchi, Gombe, Lafia and Kano, among many towns. In Kano, though, the police arrested some Muslim sisters of IMN on their way to their various homes. These have been taken to Bompai police headquarters. A number of arrests were also made in Kaduna and were arraigned before the Shariah Court, Dara Road. These were sent to prison.
“We are following developments and will update as appropriate,” it stated.
Meanwhile, there was tension in Kaduna yesterday as youths allegedly from Tudun Wada community set ablaze Shiite leader, Sheikh Sahabi Mukhtar’s residence and school (Markaz) in Layin Kosai area.
The incident was said to have occurred when the Shiite members were staging a protest and the police stormed the Markaz to disperse the gathering, and the youths were alleged to have followed to burn the house of the Shiite leader and other houses.
Other information gathered from the area has it that the incident left two Shiites killed.
According to a statement made available by president of the Media Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, Ibrahim Musa, to newsmen in Kaduna yesterday.
Facebook posts by members of the group reads “Two of the three IMN members killed by hoodlums while the police were watching. Sources say the hoodlums were paid to kill any IMN member at sight by the state govt.
“Government paid hoodlums destroying the IMN Fudiyyah Primary school at Layin Kosai in Kaduna while the police and other security agents look the other side. The hoodlums are stealing building materials and demolishing the building.”
The group alleged that the police sponsored the attack on it members.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Aliyu Usman was not picking calls put to his mobile phone.
Also in Katsina State, a clash between members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, and security agents claimed the lives of 10 members of the group.
Nigerian Pilot learnt that the clash, which occurred yesterday in Funtua town in the morning, during the traditional Ashura processing marked by Shiite members worldwide, came at a time when the state government had issued a directive banning all kind of processions by the Shiite group in all parts of the state.
It was gathered that during the clash, many members of the IMN, sustained various degrees of injuries and are now on admission at the Funtua General Hospital.
An eyewitness told our correspondent that trouble started when security agents blocked roads leading to Funtua town and attempted to disperse the crowd.
The eyewitness said the Shiites resisted and insisted on moving on with the procession, a situation which led to the clash between the two groups.
During the clash, 10 Shites were alleged to have been killed by security agents.
An official of the IMN who spoke to newsmen on condition of anonymity confirmed the killing of nine members of the movement.
He said the acting national leader of the movement, Sheik Yakubu Yahaya would soon make an official statement on the issue.
At the time of filing this report, the state Police Commissioner, Usman Abdullahi was on assessment visit to Funtua.
Also, two persons were set ablaze in a vehicle during a procession by members of the Shiite in Sokoto State.
The procession began yesterday at exactly 6pm before the two members of the sect were attacked by irate youths.
An eyewitness who spoke on the ground of anonymity said the affected sect members were caught unawares.
He said they were two in a vehicle allegedly surrounded by irate youths in an area believed to be mostly populated by mostly Sunnis.
When contacted, Sokoto State Police Command, DSP Almustapha Sani told Nigeria Pilot that the issue was under control, adding that their men were working to unravel the cause of the incident.

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