The Police and members of the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, otherwise known as the Shiites, have not clashed during the Tuesday’s Ashura Procession in Kano State, PRIME TIME NEWS has learnt.
This newspaper has gathered that the members of the IMN in Kano stayed indoors contrary to their earlier pledge to stage a protest in the state.
It was also gathered that a few of their members were seen assembling at Kurna Asabe Quarters, but ran away when they sighted policemen on patrol.
Kurna Asabe, a quarters in Dala Local Government Area of the state, is one of the strongholds of the Movement but was quiet for the whole of the day due to the presence of security personnel.
At Goron Dutse residence of the late Muhammad Turi, members of the IMN remained indoors due to security personnel deployed in the area.
A member of the IMN in Kano, who spoke under anonymity said that ” We came out as early as 6am and finished out activities within few minutes to avoid casualties.”
According to him, “Anytime we were attacked , you Journalists said clashed, how can armless people clash with armed people. Do justice to us my friend in your report”.
However, the Police Spokesman in Kano, Abdullahi Haruna told our Correspondent that ” We only got report of about 6 to 10 people came out at Kurna Asabe but when they sighted policemen, they ran away.
Abdullahi assured that the commercial city of Kano is peaceful without report of any clash with prescribed members of IMN.
In a press statement in Kano by Spokesman of the IMN ,Ibrahim Musa said “This year’s Ashura procession was held in all the state capitals of the North and Abuja. It ended peacefully in Abuja, Jos, Kebbi, Minna, Lafia, Yola, Gusau, Zaria, Kano, Jalingo, Damaturu, Hadejia and Potiskum.
“Today’s show of shame and rage by the police across the states was sequel to the tragic orders given to it by the Inspector General of police, Mohammed Adamu to brutally attack the peaceful Ashura mourners,”
See the statement below:
*A dozen killed by police on Ashura procession across the Nation*
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has confirmed the killing of at least a dozen of Ashura mourners across the nation during the peaceful Ashura mourning procession today, 10/09/2019.
At least three people were confirmed killed by the police in Kaduna and 10 others injured, some fatally, when thousands of Muslim brothers and sisters trooped out in the early hours of today Tuesday 10/09/2019 commemorating the tragic events of Ashura.
In Bauchi, reports also have it that 3 people were killed during the Ashura procession when the police attacked the mourners. Likewise 3 other people were killed by the police in Azare, also in Bauchi state.
Another 3 people were killed by the police in Gombe, Gombe state.
One person was reportedly killed by the police in Illela, during the Ashura procession there, and another person was killed in Goronyo all in Sokoto state. In Malumfashi, Katsina state also another person was killed. In Katsina town however, several people sustained bullet wounds when the police opened fire on the mourners, not only during the mourning procession, but afterwards as the well armed policemen attempted to forcibly make their way into the Islamic centre of the Movement.
These casualty figures may however rise due to the fatal gunshot wounds sustained by some of the peaceful mourners.
This year’s Ashura procession was held in all the state capitals of the North and Abuja. It ended peacefully in Abuja, Jos, Kebbi, Minna, Lafia, Yola, Gusau, Zaria, Kano, Jalingo, Damaturu, Hadejia and Potiskum.
Today’s show of shame and rage by the police across the states was sequel to the tragic orders given to it by the Inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu to brutally attack the peaceful Ashura mourners.
That the mourning procession ended peacefully in places not attacked by the police is sufficient evidence as to who the instigators of violence are whenever we are carrying out our legitimate religious duties.
We are grateful to Allah the Almighty that has granted us the courage to come out in several cities and villages across the country to commemorate the brutal killing of Imam Hussein (AS), the Grandson of Prophet Muhammad (S) as it is done in several cities across the globe, despite intimidation and threats by the federal government and its agents, acting on behalf of the Saudis by proxy.
PRESIDENT MEDIA FORUM
ISLAMIC MOVEMENT IN NIGERIA