Anti-Shiite violence spreads to Kano, Sokoto, Katsina; 8 killed

Youth set the residence of a Shi'a leader in Kaduna alight, on Wednesday, Octobr 11.
Youth set the residence of a Shi'a leader in Kaduna alight, on Wednesday, Octobr 11.

No fewer than eight members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, Nigeria’s foremost Shi’ite group, were killed on Wednesday as violence against the group spread to other northern states.

While one member of the group was killed in Sokoto State, three other members were killed and two policemen injured in Katsina State while commemorating its religious rite called “Ashura.”

There were unconfirmed reports that nine Shiites were killed in Katsina during the Ashura procession.

The group said in a statement late Wednesday that at least 13 of its members were killed in multiple clashes with the police and some hoodlums in Funtua, Sokoto and Kaduna.

Kaduna, Katsina, Kano and Kebbi earlier had banned the group’s annual procession.

Four members of the Shi’a sect were earlier in the morning killed in the Tudun Wada area of the Kaduna South Local Government Area when some irate youth attacked the sect, and torched the residence of its leader.

The mob also demolished the Shi’ite’s Islamic school in the area.

The police in Sokoto said hoodlums killed a Shi’ite member in Tudun Wada in Sokoto North Local Government Area.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police in the state, Alkasim Sunusi, said at a news conference in Sokoto that the deceased was attacked on his way to procession of the sect.

The News Agency of Nigeria quoted Mr. Sunusi as saying that the victim was “seriously beaten and killed, while his Toyota Avensis vehicle with registration number BRK 144 CM was burnt by the hoodlums”.

He said the sect also engaged members of the public in a violent confrontation at Tamaje area of Sokoto South Local Government.

Mr. Sunusi said three motor cycles belonging to the sect members were burnt, while one person was arrested with cutlass.

The police boss said the command had since embarked on further investigation and called on members of the public to go about their normal businesses.

In Katsina State, the police said at least three persons died during a clash between its men and members of the IMN in Funtua, Funtua Local Government Area of the state.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Usman Abdullahi, said two policemen were injured during the clash.

According to him, the police arrested 46 persons comprising men and women for participating in the banned procession.

He said the incident occurred when members of the Shi’ites group attempted to burn the Police Area Commander’s office in the town during the procession.

The commissioner also said members of the group opened fire on policemen using Dane guns, which he said, compelled the police to retaliate, killing three persons.

According to him, one of the sect members killed wore a mobile police uniform.

The commissioner said the police recovered five Dane guns, sticks, cutlasses, among other locally made weapons from members of the group.

He said the police had intensified surveillance and patrol in the area to ensure safety of lives and property.

Mr. Abdullahi called on the people of the area to go about their lawful businesses as the situation had been brought under control.

NAN also reported that commercial and other activities were brought to a halt in Funtua, particularly on the roads leading to the Central Mosque, during the incident.

More violence

In Kano, hundreds of IMN members were chased away by some angry youth who disrupted the group’s procession in the Abbatoir area of Kofar Marzugal, wounding many of them.

The Shi’ites had planned to converge on Abdullahi Bayero Mosque, Fagge from where they would march to other parts of the state but were prevented by the youth.

When PREMIUM TIMES visited the area, some of the youth were noticed wielding dangerous weapons, including machetes, sticks and knives, to attack the Shi’ites who on sighting the mob took to their heels.

However, the quick intervention of the policemen deployed to the area prevented what would have been a bloody clash between the sect members and the angry youth.

The police spokesperson, Magaji Majia, a deputy superintendent of police, who confirmed the incident, said the sect blocked some schools and markets in the area.

He said, “Some members of the public stoned and attacked them but we have to rescue some of their women, children and the aged.  We rescued between 40 and 50 persons to a safe custody”.

The Special Task Force on Jos Crisis, averted bloodshed in the Plateau State capital when some communities in Jos North Local Government Area clash Islamic group.

A witness said the residents attacked the religious group and set fire on its elementary study centre.

But another witnesses claimed it was the group that attacked the communities during a procession to observe its annual procession.

Media officer of the Task Force, Ikedichi Iweha, told journalists that the situation was quickly brought under control and that no life was lost.

“Security agents have moved into communities in Anguwan rogo, Gangare, Katako and Anguwan Rimi to prevent a situation where anybody will be molested,” Mr. Iweha, an army captain, said.

“However, the place is calm now, we will intensify patrols in that general area and appeal to people to go about their normal businesses.”

Meanwhile, a statement by the IMN on Wednesday said at least 13 of its members were killed in Funtua, Sokoto and Kaduna during the commemoration of Ashura in some major cities across Nigeria.

The statement by the president of the media forum of IMN, Ibrahim Musa, said its members were attacked by a combined force of security agents and some others dressed as hoodlums as well as paid thugs escorting them.

“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,” the statement said.

“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 group said in Kaduna, the peaceful Ashura procession was concluded without any incident but that armed paid thugs attacked some members of IMN on their way to their various homes injuring them.

It said 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 while three members of the Movement were killed there.

It stated further, “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 Musulim 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 Daura road. These were sent to prison.”

The IMN said it was following the developments and would provide update on them.


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  • MINT65

    While serious nations are striving for technological advancement, a section of Nigeria is embroiled in religious crisis. Curious despite the fact that religion has not improved their lives as a people

    • Alhaji

      They are animals and arabs’ slaves. Do you see how they destroy Nigeria economically and advancement.? How many Arabs and Iranians are fighting for the black people? Are Ayatollah Jihad and Saudi’s king not enjoying in their houses now while these animals are killing themselves for them? They are cursed black race.

      • kundri kundi

        I know you are not related to Alhaji in any way. For sure, you are not a Muslim so you cannot know the real truth and you are not suppose to open your mouth in such a situation if not because of hypocrisy. All Muslim except the Shi’at believes on the right Caliphate of Abubakar, Umar, Usman and Ali. We also recognized Aisha the Prophet’s (PBUH) wife as the Mother of all believers. The Shi’ats abuses these people including Aisha. Now, how do you expect the other Muslims to tolerate this. If the Shi’at would perform their rites without abusing the Companions of the Prophet and His wives believe me you, no body would even notice or care for their existence. Let say the Shi’ats would be in the street abusing Prophet Isa (Jesus) Alaihi salam, the Christians will not allow that to continue, like wise all other Muslims because we all believe in Jesus, but as Prophet. The same thing, if the Christians are to abuse our Prophet (PBUH) or His Companions and wives, you cannot expect the to hold their hands and be watching because the Christians are practicing their faiths. I am sure the same attack and subsequent clash will be the result. You cannot practice your faith by abusing others.

        • Otile

          He is a good Muslim man, you hate to hear the truth from him.

          • Alhaji

            Thanks

        • Alhaji

          If you abuse or insult Jesus, no Christians will take swords or gun to fight for him. He can fight for himself. The same thing applicable to God if you insult him. God can finish you in a second if he wants to. If you kill humans, claiming you are fighting for living God, you are going to a hell fire. Only allah and Mohammed can’t fight for themselfves, hence they employ Boko Haram, Islamic Jihad, Al Shabab, Hamas and Hezbollah to fight for them.

  • PolyGon2013

    I thought Sunni and Shia sects are Muslims too. They both subscribed to Allah.

    • Alhaji

      Both are Islamic terrorists.

      • PolyGon2013

        No problem then. I am glad they are killing each other.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          No, bruv.

          We do not need to go that way.

        • Alhaji

          Excellent. God has turned their swords against themselves for slaughtering millions of innocent people for their allah and Mohammed.

  • Sword of Damocles

    IMHO, Governor El Rufai(a man that I HAD admiration for) carries the burden for this pogrom. The rhetoric off the Kaduna state Government is the cassus belli. The Shiites are a minority muslim sect/tribe(persecuted) in Nigeria. Ethnic agitation in the North is the last thing a country beset by ethnic rivalries needs. Mai Gaskiya needs to pay some attention to this burgeoning issue. And NO…. I am a christian from Edo state. FRN should not be taking sides in the ongoing Sunni/Shia hegemonic struggle to determine Islamic supremacy.

  • TACTIC of Northern Politicians

    It is only in the North that religious riots, violence of this kind and suicide bombings take place in Nigeria. Since 1914, all religious riots and destruction thereof have been in the North of Nigeria – a people so accustomed to religious violence at the slightest of provocations or no provocations at all. You never hear of religious violence in the South, East and West.

    Unfortunately this violence is a way the Northern political class divert attention from the economic realities on ground so that the hugely uneducated Northern population become lost in the confusion and fixation on religion rather than demand good governance. Unfortunately it has been working for the politicians and it is still working. This is exactly the tactic used by Kaduna state when it chose to ban the Shiite procession. Look now, nobody is talking about the very bad economy and unpaid salaries anymore.

  • Galantman

    I do not subscribe to jungle justice in any form. But what is happening in the North against the Shia sect is a reflection of the bitter lessons learnt fromBoko haram. BH has brought the North to its knees economically,socially,politically etc just name it, not to talk of lost lives, limbs and property etc. The youths in the North apparently have vowed to NEVER AGAIN allow ANY group under whatever guise to metamorphosize into a monster.

    • O A

      So, you subscribe to the killing of Shiites because you don’t want the situation metamorphosis in to a “monster”..right?

      • kundri kundi

        Did you know, all Muslim except the Shi’at believes on the right Caliphate of Abubakar,
        Umar, Usman and Ali. We also recognized Aisha the Prophet’s (PBUH) wife
        as the Mother of all believers. The Shi’ats abuses these people
        including Aisha. Now, how do you expect the other Muslims to tolerate
        this. If the Shi’at would perform their rites without abusing the
        Companions of the Prophet and His wives believe me you, no body would
        even notice or care for their existence. Let say the Shi’ats would be in
        the street abusing Prophet Isa (Jesus) Alaihi salam, the Christians
        will not allow that to continue, like wise all other Muslims because we
        all believe in Jesus, but as Prophet. The same thing, if the Christians
        are to abuse our Prophet (PBUH) or His Companions and wives, you cannot
        expect the to hold their hands and be watching because the Christians
        are practicing their faiths. I am sure the same attack and subsequent
        clash will be the result. You cannot practice your faith by abusing
        others.

        • wode

          You don’t need all those here brother.

    • Solomon Brown

      Bullshit!

    • Clario

      You are so damn wrong with your postulations. The youth ain’t saying never again, they merely see the shiite as cannon fodder in the absence of the usual infidels. Cos the infidels have moved into their own settlements away from the murderous horde. Beside the Shiites in Nigeria are led by Zak zakky who is not Fulani….. he is not born to rule. If he were Fulani you can be sure him and his sect won’t be in the current mire.

  • Burning Spear

    Time for Buhari to be sacked—-overthrown–in a Military coup–else the plan by the Fulanis to murder these innocent souls for the Sultan of Sokoto and Bingo Buhari will not stop—-These Shiites are the real Native Northerners and not Fulanis———————Hence the move by the Fulanis from Niger Republic and Chad to reduce their population—through these Satanic government sponsored soul depressing acts

    • kundri kundi

      What was comment when the military killed Sons of Zazzaky during GEJ administration

      • kundri kundi

        *Your

  • omo56

    Shiite today, Christians tomorrow
    And Buhari is silent

  • Timothy

    Whatever the Shiites did to inherit the hate of its neighbours obviously did not start today or suddenly just started. It seems the people have been condoning their activities for a long time and now they just want to put a stance that their activities are no longer accepted. It is quite unfair to attack a peaceful gathering, it is quite unfair to deny people of their rights to free movement and association. But alas there came a time they did not want a Military officer to pass a road because of their religious procession. You now see people develop a hatred for them. WHY???? What goes around comes back around.

    • Zy

      The reason is simple shites is seen as a rival to sunnis as the emir said this brand if Islam is alien to Northern sunni Islam. The sunnis couldn’t do anything because we’ve had Christians and moderate Muslims in power

  • Lanre

    Not surprised. Northern Nigeria, the home of Islamic Terrorism in West Africa. This is what Aisha was talking about and the 15 million that will be unleashed on poor souls when Buhari leaves power. We are different culturally, linguistically, ethnically and in outlook. The truth cannot be denied forever.

  • marc umeh

    The state govt bears full responsibility for this unnecessary bloodshed. They created the atmosphere , even encouraged the violence. They should never tolerate rule by mob .
    As repugnant as the shite believes may be , they still deserve equal protection under the law.

  • Felix Udoh

    This is how Boko Haram started. If the Shiites become the next big terrorist group, we should never forget the role that Buhari and El Rufai played.

  • Solomon Brown

    So Saudi more than Iran want to fight a proxy war on our turf, we say you can do your dirty work in the Arabian desert. Black lives do matter here. Got that?

  • George

    This is what happen when powers are given to blood thirsty individual like Buhari and El rufai and I just hope that Tinubu is satisfied now.

    Killing people like mosquitoes everywhere and nobody in a high places is talking and our deaf president is on his way to Germany to discuss peace among people who has earned their respects.

    God visit all these killing upon Buhari generations born and unborn heads.

    • musa aliyu

      How many have the Shiites killed in cold blood? The people have been fed up with these miscreants and it’s their payback time now.

      • Wisdom Alpha

        The shiite and the sunni and others are all the same!

    • Wisdom Alpha

      Yes you speak the true friend! Instead of these people to face the dying economy they are busy with unnecessary things. Bauhari has been in this business of killing people all in the name of religion…for sure God will visit him soon.

  • kundri kundi

    What i want those commenting ignorantly to know is that, all
    Muslim except the Shi’at believes on the right Caliphate of Abubakar,
    Umar, Usman and Ali. We also recognized Aisha the Prophet’s (PBUH) wife
    as the Mother of all believers. The Shi’ats abuses these people
    including Aisha. Now, how do you expect the other Muslims to tolerate
    this. If the Shi’at would perform their rites without abusing the
    Companions of the Prophet and His wives believe me you, no body would
    even notice or care for their existence. Let say the Shi’ats would be in
    the street abusing Prophet Isa (Jesus) Alaihi salam, the Christians
    will not allow that to continue, like wise all other Muslims because we
    all believe in Jesus, but as Prophet. The same thing, if the Christians
    are to abuse our Prophet (PBUH) or His Companions and wives, you cannot
    expect the to hold their hands and be watching because the Christians
    are practicing their faiths. I am sure the same attack and subsequent
    clash will be the result. You cannot practice your faith by abusing
    others.

    • Shehu Monguno

      Kundi, we are playing dangerous games here in Nigeria. I may not agree with the doctrine of the Shīʻatu ʻAlī (Shīʻa), but I do not agree with the treatment they are getting in Nigeria. Nigeria already has Boko Haram, Niger Delta Avengers, IPOB to deal with and we want to import the problem between Sunni (Saudi Arabia) and Shīʻatu ʻAlī (Iran) to Nigeria? why cant we learn from the Christians who despite the many denominations and sects have learn t to live side by side with each other even when they dont like each other

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Thanks, bruv.

        You made the most coherent and sensible comment on this matter.

        I also agree that this is a problem Nigeria does not need to import on top of the wahala we already have.

    • Wisdom Alpha

      You are not thinking well…must everybody believe on the same thing, don’t the Shiite have the freedom to practice their religion? Shame on you! That is while we keep on asking islam a religion of peace or war and anger? If they insult JESUS the Lord of all lord that does not concern you or anybody else they are insulting because they do not believe in JESUS. Why must you attack people if they insult JESUS, Mohammad, Moses etc, why don’t we let these diets fight for themselves. Please leave these people alone to practice their religion as best to them.

    • Richard Wilson

      what we are saying is that while fighting for you right if the other group start fighting for their right dont use the money from niger/delta to solve the wahala..

    • Allen

      Even if you like, carry microphone and abuse Jesus Christ from morning till night, no Christian will abuse you back talkless of killing you. The Christian God is the Almighty, He is a mighty warrior, so mere mortals can’t be fighting and killing for him.

  • ANWANKANG

    I wonder why would creatures fight for creator, they will all say, it is not a religion of war, everyone will die, nobody has a monopoly of violent.

  • azu ralph

    Fela said ” trouble de sleep iyanga de wake am, Tomorrow we start to spend on IDP”S They have been peaceful , why not let them be ? When they turn violent , we will start wasting human , material, financial and other resources to contain it. Let us be wiser and solve our pressing and immediate challenges.

  • Wisdom Alpha

    Instead of these people (Buhari and El rufai and others) to face the dying economy and find a way out they are busy with unnecessary things. I just feel sorry for Nigeria under this government.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Finally the fruits of a religious cleansing project of the northern Sunni dominated Islamic establishment with the support of the Sunni dominated state security apparatus of the Buhari regime has started manifesting violently. The sustained persecution of Nigeria’s Shiite minority citizens through massacres and denial of fundamental human rights enshrined in the constitution ie the freedom to religious worship,the freedom to religious assembly and free speech has been topped with a total ban of Shiites in Kaduna state on the orders of the megalomaniac and power drunk Sunni governor called El-Rufai.

    Force of any magnitude and the use of obnoxious legislature cannot erase the Shiite from the Nigerian landscape. The Buhari regime will only radicalize more Shiites, drive the Shiites underground and ignite another insurgency then start using our collective scarce resources to wage war on citizens. THIS BUHARI REGIME IS BRAINLESS.

  • Babrutus

    We don’t need religion. Religion needs us.

  • The Wise Traveler

    Another Maitatsine on my mind. Something dangerous is loading……….

  • UOU

    Why do this people love violence, confusion, killing, sadism and wickedness so much?

    • Otile

      Islam is not a religion of peace.

  • Stick’Em Good

    my compoter say make I no trust the cerfiticate for dis site. Him say una be real yeye people when carry nyash put for head. No be so? God go soda una nyash well, well if una still want block me. Oloshi people whn no sabi anything. My name na Colonel Mariam. Na wetin una go do now?

  • Clario

    They have wiped out all the “infidels” (Christians, southerners, etc) and have now turned on each other!!! I hope and pray they don’t drag Nigeria to the depths of Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan!!!

  • Rominiyis

    The world wiill be a peaceful place without religion