Many feared killed as Shiites clash with police

Shiites

Members of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) on Monday morning clashed with the police in Kano city.

A witness said the clash started around Tamburawa, on the outskirts of Kano city, when the police tried to stop a Shiite protest.

Over a dozen people including a police officer are feared killed from the violent clash.

The police have since deployed heavily armed mobile police officers to the area while the major Kano- Zaria road is completely blocked.

The IMN had late on Sunday accused Nigerian soldiers of plotting to block its members heading to Kano from Yobe State while also planting weapons on them.

“Soldiers mounted a check point at the outskirts of Potiskum, Yobe state, probably to stop members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) from leaving the town to join others in this year’s annual Arbaeen Trek to Zaria, mourning the martyrdom of Imam Husain (AS) scheduled to commence from Kano this week,” Ibrahim Musa, a spokesperson for the group said in a statement emailed to PREMIUM TIMES.

“The soldiers detained a trailer carrying the personal belongings of those going to Kano for the trek today.

“Apparently, the soldiers have some sinister motives as they were overheard scheming to plant weapons in the luggage and thereafter claim that these bags with the weapons belong to members of the IMN.

“Throughout the nearly four decades of the existence of the IMN, it has never stockpiled, carried or used weapons. It never had any cause to, even in the face of provocation.

“IMN therefore wishes to alert the general public over this evil plot, and categorically reject and disown any attempt by the security services to plant any fake evidence against members of the Islamic Movement (IMN).”

The spokesperson for the army, Sani Usman, could not be reached to comment for this story. Multiple calls to his telephone did not connect.

Details later…


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  • Watch man

    If the police are not enough the military should go in and supplement. Nobody should be allowed to hold Nigeria to ransom, not even shiite.

    • ABUBAKAR AUWAL

      How did they hold Nigeria to ransom? Do they have right of assembly and even protest as enshrined in the Constitution or are some Nigerians exempt? Why can’t the Government come out and tell us what part of the Constitution they violet?

      • kinsly

        Why block Federal highways? Can’t you guys gather in a field or rent an open place? Block our highways and get Police/ Military response. Period.

        • Watch man

          Good point!

        • ed

          Go back and read the story. Shiite didn’t block the road. Military and Police did.

          • Yahuza Sani Sagagi

            You go back and read. Shiites are gathering for annual trek. Did you bother to check what is involved in the trek?

          • Dr Abba

            What is your business in what is involved? Did they Take up arms? Did they block the road? What is your business in what they do? What is the punishment given to someone who obstructs traffic? Is it death sentence? Catholics observe corpus christi by marching on streets, the house of dariqa do the same it is called zagaye in hausa during mauloud. Sunni’s Izala do wa’azin kasa every year they redirect traffic we all know, we are not fools. Whoever is involved in this premeditated attack shall face the full wrath of God here and in the hereafter. You guys supporting this should try to live forever. If possible.

          • balababa

            That is a lie. Watch the video. It is on YouTube. One can clearly hear the chief army staff begging them like a begger.

        • ijelejames

          Gbam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • De

          Why some people comment outside a simple report written in simple language? @disqus_5qrTly6DBt:disqus Where did you get your report that Shittes blocked the road? Our Northerners lack religious tolerance and they capitalised on Buhari passion for Sunnis to continue to lunched attacks on their Shittes Brothers.

          • Dr Abba

            Gbammmmmm!

        • Dr Abba

          Kinsly. Thank God any sane Nigerian knows it is not only the shiites who ‘block’ public roads. That is even IF They do.

      • Watch man

        Historical facts show that their protests have always breached public peace. The constitution (section 45) provides that such should not be the case. So, if police or the military acts in a manner to protect other peoples right as provided for in section 45 there is nothing wrong in that.

        • ABUBAKAR AUWAL

          In law you act on facts not innuendos. Again this is premeditated and started by the police. They should have waited for them to block the Highway then use legal means to confront them

          • Watch man

            Historical facts show that their protests have always breached public peace. The constitution, section 45, provides that such should not be the case. Police does not need to wait until they have done what they did in time past. So, if police or the military acts in a manner to protect other peoples right as provided for in section 45 there is nothing wrong about that.

          • Dr Abba

            Wahhabi e rat.

          • Watch man

            You just described yourself.

      • share Idea

        It is difficult for some of these people to reason in your comment. Please do not waste much of your time. People management is alien to so many Nigerians – hence, they view government tolerant of divergent views as being weak.

      • Hamza

        The constitution they do not recognise. Or are you one of them?

        • ABUBAKAR AUWAL

          I don’t have to belong to a group to defend them but it is clear the constitution protects all Nigerians and it is the duty of the Government to adhere to it even against all people. It is the primary responsibility of the Government

          • Watch man

            Yes, constitution protects all Nigerians but not when someone has done something that is not “in the interest of defence, public safety, public order, public morality or public health ” [Section 45 (i)(a)]

      • Powerlessconscious

        Mr man. What part of constitution are you talking about?

      • balababa

        Why are they always involved with the security operatives? Are they the only religion in Nigeria? There is never a smoke without fire

    • ijelejames

      Well said

    • Hamza

      Yes o!

  • ABUBAKAR AUWAL

    This is completely avoidable. The Shiites did not attack anyone or caused any harm. The police have no right to block them according to the constitution.

    • kinsly

      Which constitution? Dear SAN please quote the part of the constitution that allows any group/religious group to block Federal highways. Am waiting.

      • share Idea

        They are not blocking any high way. It is their religious obligation that they are fulfilling. I do not want to sound as supporting any particular religion. However, as a Catholic I know that when we celebrate Corpos-Christi we usually march along the road which sometimes brings some discomfort to several motorist. Does it mean that we wanted them to suffer – far from it, but the activity is a one-off thing that happens once in a year.

        Why do we like creating problems where there is none. Can the government not provide these people with protection while they carry out their faith obligation, more so when every Nigerian in that part of the world knows about this their obligation.

        • Powerlessconscious

          They are nuisance. There is no country that have constitution that allow any group to act in a way uncomfortable to others. Democracy did not say you can do anything you like. You must do within the law of the country. I lived in Britain. We don’t always do anything we like. We do it the way British government want you to DO IT. For example, you can not start a church for the sake of making money. All big churches money goes to charity account and UK government monitors it. Democracy in Nigeria is DEMONSTRATION OF CRAZINESS. That is why there are too much criminals in the country. Lawless country. And citizens that hates law.

          • ABUBAKAR AUWAL

            Any group can be seen as nuisance by another group that opposes them. The question is whether one breaks a law or infringes on someone’s right. Politicians are nuisance during campaigning but we tolerate them

      • De

        Where did you get your report that they blocked any road from? It is just unfortunate that some Sunnis or Wahabism pretend among our security operatives to lunched another attack and waste innocent lives and our President continue to allowed this barbaric attacked to continue all in an attempt to wipe off Shittes from Nigeria.

      • ABUBAKAR AUWAL

        See my post above. Eye witness report was that the Shiites avoided the Highway altogether this year and were trekking on the sides of the road when they were attacked

  • Lala Hansy

    Caution must be exercised to avoid raising another Biko haram in Nigeria. Let the shites exercise their constitutional rights.

    • Genocido

      @lalahansy:disqus

      There is now a well-founded fear that
      Muhamadu Buhari may spend the rest of his life at the International Criminal Court (ICC)
      at The Hague over the 300+ Shiite massacre. The number of those shot dead is staggering.
      No Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court will fail to issue arrest warrant against
      President Buhari and all the military officers found implicated in this forbidden genocide.

      This actually looks like the African equivalent of Pol Pot’s massacre in Cambodia. But in the
      modern world today, the law will never fail to bring this genocidal killing of 300 people
      to justice, with life imprisonment, especially that 347 of those killed were simply
      dumped off in mass graves.

      President Buhari should know by now
      he would be going into the dock of a criminal court over this senseless Shiites’ massacre. It takes a
      barbaric chain of command to let loose the volleys of shots that killed1000 citizens of Nigeria in peace time
      inside Nigeria. It is a bizarre affront to human civilization.

      It is the very opposite of what a government anywhere should do. When all is done, Buhari’s case could
      become the citable locus classicus in the laws of genocide; as a classic case of the worst type of barbarity,
      ever committed in post 1945 history by Muhamadu Buhari – whom Professor Wole Soyinka had described
      last year, rather fulsomely and falsely, as ‘a born again democrat’

      • ijelejames

        With you, Abi?

    • Tony Udeoko

      Which constitution are you referring to?

    • kinsly

      Constitutional right to block Federal highways?

      • ABUBAKAR AUWAL

        Did you read the report above? The Shiites did not block any Highway today. They barely left Kano when they were blocked and shot at by the Police. A senior police officer has confirmed that they received orders from Abuja days ago to prevent the Shiites from their advertised procession. This is therefore premeditated. The Police should have waited till they break a law to confront them

      • John A

        And does that amount to killing?
        why can’t you people reason like humans for once?

    • Hamza

      There is the military which is professionally trained to kill and die if necessary. If they like any group can rise like boko haram. The military will match them esp if they don’t hide. Cowards

    • Powerlessconscious

      What is their constitutional right?

      • De

        To stage peaceful protest and Assembly to practice their religion the way it suit them.

        • Powerlessconscious

          Practice their religion Not the way it suit them. Within the law of the land and without making others uncomfortable. In the UK, you can not practice your religion the way it suit. You will be arrested by police. You must do it within the UK law. Democrazy in Nigeria is Demonstration of CRAZINESS. That is why there are too much criminals in the land.

          • De

            The way it suit them does not mean they should go against the law of the land but the majority of our Northerners doe not have Religious tolerance and that is main problem here. If they can just allowed this Shittes to practice their religion there will be peace in the North and Nigeria as a whole.

          • John A

            Just keep quiet, you are not even in the UK.
            Every country have their laws and culture and Nigeria is not an exception, freedom of religion and the right to stage a peaceful protest doesn’t amount to killing of unarmed citizens.
            What right does the police have to kill an unarmed citizen?
            Life is sacred and the UK which you claim to live in does respect that, you don’t kill what you cannot create.
            This is one of the major reason why the US is blocking Nigeria from buying weapons.

  • ed

    Nigerian are too lazy to follow the development on the Suuni sect of Saudi Arabia. Currently take over of the Islamic Northern control government of Nigeria.
    El Rufai Kaduna’s state governor had signed the law that banned their rival Shi ite sect in Kaduna state.
    El Rufai speaks for Buhari on the direction of Islamization. So the natural thing happened which is to block the illegally banned Shiite from moving about.
    Nigerian failed to voice out any opposition to the Suuni religion Sharia rules and law now taking over the nation. Hope it wouldn’t be too late by the time Christian will start to obtain permission from Suuni control government before worshipping.

    • Powerlessconscious

      What is your writeup all about? Are you fighting for xtians or shitte? Which of them!

      • De

        @powerlessconscious:disqus Must anybody need to belong to any group before saying what is right or what the person believes to be right? In fact he can choose to be an herbalist and that is none of anybody’s business. Nigeria under Buhari should not be use to settle scores between Sunnis and Shittes. Enough of all these blood shed.

        • Powerlessconscious

          I repeat. Where do you belong shitte or xtians? Because some people hate Islam. Do you love Islam?

          • De

            Am a Muslim and my religion did not empowered me to take anybody’s life for not embracing my religion even if my relation practice any other religion, the best thing I can do is to preach to him or her and the acceptance lies with Allah (Subuanahu Wataallah).

          • Dr Abba

            De leave dis man to run his bloody mouth

          • Onyeoma CY

            They have been killing the IPOBs, it is turn by turn. Those who think that the brutal killing of the BIAFRANs were welcomed, they should now see reasons why this Country is no more accommodating different sects, then it needs complete and absolute division.

          • Nineh

            He is for justice. Justice have no religion, no race, no creed. It is fair, it is kind, and does not segregated. Am surprise pple are talking of human lives here but all u are interested in is which religion he supports. Shame on you. Your live and religion is worthless if Shiites or Christians life means nothing to you.
            The fact is the Shiites are being persecuted in this country and we have a government that is criminally supporting it by its inaction.

          • Nineh

            @ Powerlessconscious. He is for justice. Justice have no religion, no tribe, no race, and no creed. It is fair, it is free, it is unbias.
            We are taking about human lives here but all you are interested in is the religion the person supports. Shame on you. Can’t an opinion be viable without religious sentiment? Your life and religion is worthless without having value for other human lives, be it Shiites or Christians.
            The fact is that the Shiites in Nigeria are suffering persecution and the government of the day is criminally supporting it by subterfuge.

          • Dr Abba

            God bless you

      • ed

        I fighting for the rule of law and the constitution.

        • Powerlessconscious

          So you know rule of law and constitution. OK.

    • Dr Abba

      I understand u.

  • ijelejames

    Trouble makers extraordinary

  • Abu

    Zealots are rarely wiser than their creeds.
    I expect Buhari to be wiser than this.
    From all indications , Buhari has an agenda to stop the Shiites and this agender is not only unwise, it is dangerous.

    • Hamza

      It is Nigerians that will stop them. Stop calling Buharis’s name here

    • De

      Why must anybody stop IMN for protest in the first place, Don’t we have freedom to stage protest any more? protest is a civil right by our constitution, Why all these provocation and killing of innocent souls? Buhari has to stop the issue of fight between Sunnis and Shittes. Nigeria is a secular state and not Saudi or Iran where one group can proved superiority over other.

      • Aiyedun

        Even in Saudi Arabia the Shiites are never under oppression as much as this. I doubt if this Buhari man has benefited much in terms of wisdom acquisition from his lengthened existence on earth.

    • balababa

      Let me tell you, in this country nobody can stop any religion or delete them or convert them. What is your proof that the president have an agenda against the shiites? Be careful about what you utter. Truth is, if what you are saying is not true, God will ask you of that on judgement day. In law this is called defamation of character. We need to respect our presidents and say nothing except the truth. And pls if you have any proof about your claim pls share with us so that we can inform others, unite and stop it.

  • Otile

    The only way Imam Mohamed Buhari is going to leave the Shiites alone is if they agree to convert to Sunni Wahabism. As long as Mohamed Buhari remains the president the Shiites face extermination. But God forbid evil.

    • vay

      That is why we ve to stand against tyranny n act of genocide. United nation has to look into this

  • Alex

    Something tells me that Buhari and his fanatical Wahabies won’t have rest until they plunge this country int5o Rwanda pluse. This Man haven’t undertaken any visible project since he came into office but the projects of killing and massacre. We know he is old,but the old still find themselves in prisons and they equal fell pains

  • vay

    No matter how I supported buhari’s government, this is out of reach. Buhari should held responsible for genocide coz these people have rights to practice their religion and belief peacefully without being bullied.You don’t coz they are shiites Muslims n buhari a sunni Muslim with tyrant el rufai to now be killing them like fowls. No,no,no,this madness has to stop

    • SOLO

      DON’T SUPPORT HIM AGAIN IF IT IS BECAUSE OF THIS MUMU

      • vay

        Who r u to tell me what to do n not to do? All I stand against for is extra judicial killing. So keep ur uncivilised, intolerance act to retarded thinking people like you.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Shame on you , enhancer of genocide, Buhari cannot be there forever and there will be accountability for all this blood being shed on the watch of the blood-thirsty Fulani man.

        • balababa

          This tawanda of a man is always negative.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            “Negative” for not being a member of your pro-genocide media lynch mob ?

    • balababa

      I think you don’t know this shia poeple. Have you not seen the video of their clash of the military?

      • vay

        Mr. Can you post the link on line. The government has no right to shoot live bullet into crowd where women, children,elderly people are,no matter the provocation. That makes them more unless terrorist themself

      • Shehu Monguno

        I live around them for 10 years in Tudun Wada, Zaria. I may not agree with them, but that is No reason to kill them for blocking the road

        • balababa

          OK let me ask you this. You think the should have let kill the chief of army staff abi?

          • Shehu Monguno

            I was in Zaria when the incident happened. A lot of Shia members were killed even as reported by the press not at the road block, but 24hours later when the Shia leader’s house was invaded and destroyed and the COA had left Zaria almost 24 hours before that

  • salo

    The shites started it all if you want to gather for any activity there must be authorization from the police , and what happened today at tamburawa the shtes attacked and killed 2 policemen , and you expect the police to sit down and look bc of democracy abi…..that is how boko haram started they take laws into their hands do what they want at the end of the day gej give them money and now see all the trouble they are coursing the the country …police should never give any one any chance again if they overpower them call the military

  • Bashir

    Extra judicial killings remained unreservedly condemned!

  • odenigbo.ndioma

    Had it been that this Shiites muslims are Sunni muslims, can the army and police gave them the same treated as meted on Shiite for exercising their God-given right? I thought that there is freedom of Worship in Nigeria? We will soon witness another Irak and Afghanistan in the Northern nigeria.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    BUHARI AND HIS SUNNI SECURITY APPARATUS EXECUTING THEIR SAUDI BACKED AGENDA OF SHIITE EXTERMINATION IN NORTHERN NIGERIA .

    The freedom of religious worship and religious assembly is enshrined in the Nigerian constitution but since Buhari and his Sunni security apparatus took over in Nigeria, the extra-judicial killing of Shiites is now a common pass-time for the security agencies, the Shiites are often massacred without consequences and secretly buried as the world watches, well over a thousand Shiites including hundreds of women and children have already been killed as the religious cleansing intensifies.

  • justin

    What a failed state.

  • Maxwell Obisesan

    Since the arrest of their leader there has been a lull in BK activities. This gives me the impression that these people have something to do with BK criminal activities. There could be some good Nigerians amongst them hence the police need to err on the side of caution to avoid killing innocent people.

    • Dr Abba

      Is that your reoson? Don’t you know how boko haram came into existence? Boko haram, al shabbab, isis, alqaeda all have tha same Wahhabi ideology because they are all sunni. Quote me wrong on this pls.

    • Shehu Monguno

      Boko Haram is a Sunni group that follows the extreme Wahhabi teachings promoted by Saudi Arabia. The Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria is a Shia group and they are considered as unbelievers by Boko Haram who target and kill thier members

  • Dr Abba

    Did they Take up arms? Did they block the road? What is your business in what they do? What is the punishment given to someone who obstructs traffic? Is it death sentence? Catholics observe corpus christi by marching on streets, the house of dariqa in kano do the same it is called zagaye in hausa during mauloud. Sunni’s Izala do ‘wa’azin kasa’ every year they redirect traffic we all know, we are not fools. Whoever is involved in this premeditated attack shall face the full wrath of God here and in the hereafter. You guys supporting this should try to live forever. If possible.

  • Peaceometer

    Did they obtain permission before trekking to zaria? Blocking public roads? I hate them since the day I was caught up on kano-zaria road because of them, it took us four hours to get to Kaduna from kano. Lawlessness.

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  • balababa

    Who built this road we are talking about? Who owns it? I bet you will say the FG and yet they dare block the chief of army staff from passing knowing fully well that the military cannot tolerate such disrespect to their chief of army staff. I dont know of the recent clash but if they can block and deny passage of the chief of army staff who else do you think they will allow? Police? *smh*