Police in Kaduna State stated they’ve arrested 4 members of the outlawed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) in the course of the Ashura Day procession in Kaduna and Zaria on Tuesday.
The police which reiterated that, it used minimal pressure in opposition to the protesting Shi’ites group nevertheless claimed that, the protesters fired at policemen with catapult in the course of the conflict.
Kaduna State Police Command PPRO, DSP Yakubu Sabo Abubakar in an announcement additionally stated the IMN members grew to become violent and unruly on sighting the safety males who went to disperse them.
According to the police spokesman, “Today at about 0655hrs, we acquired an data that members of the outlawed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) popularly often known as Shiites got here out enmass alongside Nnamdi Azikiwe Expressway Kaduna and at Kasuwan Mata space of Zaria metropolis respectively on procession in respect of the annual Ashura Day, blocking the general public highways, inflicting site visitors jam and molesting commuters.
“They have been chanting slogans and demanding for the unconditional launch of their non secular chief sheikh Ibrahim Elzak-Zaky regardless of earlier warning by the Command Tuesday.
“It is on file that each the federal authorities of Nigeria and the federal government of Kaduna State have individually proscribed the group not too long ago.
“Thus, groups of Policemen shortly dispatched to the areas with a view to dispersing the illegal meeting and to handle the site visitors.
“However, on sighting the Police, the protesters began throwing stones at them, hitting them with iron bolts utilizing catapults. The scenario grew to become very tensed and members grew to become violent and unruly. In view of those due to this fact, minimal pressure was utilized in dispersing them.
“Four suspects have been to date arrested and are being investigated. We have additionally recovered some reveals which embrace catapults and iron bolts.
“The Police succeeded in dispersing the illegal meeting and introduced the scenario underneath agency management.
“Meanwhile, patrols are being intensified to avert any attainable breach of peace. Members of the general public are going about their lawful companies with out hindrance.
“The Command additionally desires to make it on file that, to this point it has not formally acquired any report of dying casualties as claimed by the proscribed group earlier as we speak.
“The Command due to this fact, desires to reiterate its warning that, the Kaduna State authorities has positioned ban on procession within the State and to remind members of the IMN that the proscription positioned on the group by the federal authorities of Nigeria and the federal government of Kaduna State are nonetheless in pressure. The Nigeria Police will at all times implement the lawful Order accordingly.
“Members of the public are advised to go about their lawful businesses and to report any suspicious behaviour to the police or any law enforcement agency nearest to them,” he stated.