How we were attacked in Jos – Nigerian Shiite leader

Shi'ite procession  from Kaduna to Zaria
Shi'ite procession from Kaduna to Zaria

A leader of Nigerian Shiites has stated how his members were attacked by irate youth in Jos on Wednesday.

Adamu Tsoho called on Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau to call the JTF, the Izala and Falafiaya Islamic sects to order before they set the state on fire.

Mr. Tsoho made the call in Jos, saying that the sect’s worship building was attacked by irate youths of Anguwan Rogo in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau.

He claimed that “just when we were to finish our procession as mark of mourning of the brutal killing of the grandson of Holy Prophet of Islam which is an annual event, youths attacked us, with soldiers chasing our members away.

“Our over N2.5 million worship building was attacked with part of it set ablaze and destroyed, while equipment worth over N1 million were vandalised and carted away,” he alleged.

However, Ikedia Iweha, the spokesman, Military Joint Tasks Force, JTF, in Plateau said the Shiites should blame themselves for the misfortune of Wednesday morning when they were attacked by irate youth at Aguwan Rogo.

The Shiites building and members were attacked by irate youths when they staged a procession between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. to mark the killing of the grandson of the Prophet of Islam

The JTF Spokesman told the News Agency of Nigeria in an interview in Jos that the task force only responded to a distress call when they arrived at the scene of the attack.

He said “we don’t have anybody in our custody; all we did was to rescue those injured.

“We also gave the injured first aid and released them thereafter.

“For anybody to accuse us of acting on an order from above is ridiculous because there was no such order but we did what we did to maintain the peace.”


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