At least 60 killed, 28 injured in Shi’ites, Army clash in Zaria – Hospital

Shi'ite procession from Kaduna to Zaria

Authorities at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, have said 60 bodies were brought to the facility after members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and troops of the Nigerian Army clashed on Saturday.

The hospital said 28 other members of the Islamic sect, who suffered various degrees of injuries, were also brought in for treatment.

“I can only confirm to you that 28 injured people from the incident are at the Accident and Emergency Care Unit and about 60 bodies at the mortuary, but I don’t have details of the names of both casualties and the injured,” the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Lawal Khalid, a professor, told PREMIUM TIMES.

However, the Shi’ites sect is insisting that no fewer than 800 bodies of its members were deposited at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital.

The President, Media Forum, Shi’ite Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim Musa, said Monday that 87 women were among the dead.

“Report reaching us from the hospital revealed that 800 dead bodies were evacuated from the residence of the Leader of the Movement and Hussainiyya, the Secretarial of the Movement, and deposited at the mortuary of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria,” Mr. Musa said.

“We call on international human right agencies to compel the Federal Government to hand over our captured leader who was seriously wounded by the Army as a result of gunshot on him to give him adequate Medical treatment themselves after the killing of his wife,”he said.

Mr. Musa said if the government failed to listen, the sect might take legal action to seek redress.

The exact number of casualty is difficult to independently verify at this time, with another source telling our reporter that the casualty figure had risen to at least 100 in all the locations raided by the military.

A PREMIUM TIMES reporter, who visited Zaria on Monday, said normalcy was gradually returning to the troubled city.

Some government offices, markets, shops and other commercial activities had resumed.

However, all banks in the city were closed when our reporter visited.

A resident, Hadiza Musa, described the last two days as hectic, adding, “We are grateful things are gradually coming back to normal.

“As I am talking to you now I am just from PZ area, I went round Samaru and came back to Tudun Wada area.”


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  • oowawa

    Premium Times is too biased

    Premium Times is biased. The Shiite people say Army has killed 800 Shiites, but to help President Buhari now,
    Premium Times wants to reduce figure. This is very bad. Maybe Shiite people should take Premium Times along.
    It is not only President Muhammadu Buhari that will go to Hague Tribunal. Premium Times is now using small sense
    to say AT LEAST 60 KILLED. What kind of English is that? So if i throw atomic bomb on Lagos, and everybody dies,
    Premium Times will come to write that AT LEAST TWO PEOPLE DIED. What is the meaning of at least in that one?

    • musa aliyu

      Let the whole Shiites die, who cares? How can someone send urchins to challenge a whole COAS? even catapulting him and his entourage? Don’t you know that the Shiites blockd a highway for fear of reprisal over killing 11 people in Gabari, a Zaria suburb, on Friday? So they should be allowed to challenge the army? Please attempt doing that to any army convoy, not to talk of COAS convoy and we live to see how they will pet you.

      • M. usman

        Musa Aliyu your comment is inhumane,senseless and unislamic, iwomder why people like you are so cruel,brutal and complete absent of compassionate mind indeed you behave like animal or during jahilliyya period how could you justified killing hundred of innocent people simply because there is attempt to asasinate COAS….

        • Kñîghtš Tëmpłær

          Chaiiii religion is now dividing brothers in the north…the world is watching

  • wode

    This is very sad and, as well, disappointing that a number of people like this (either 60 or whatever number) could be killed. It’s equally unfortunate that the Government has not been able to make a single statement with respect to this. Is it because the COAS is directly involved? It’s really disappointing that he could be said to be in charge while all these are happening.

  • B. Messi

    This is terrible!!
    The APC gamble has turned out to be a DEADLY MISADVENTURE.

    • wazobia scatter!!!!!!

      apc gamble ………………….. you challenge constituted authority and call it a gamble by that authority ……………real funny …………………… gun-totting soldiers don’t gamble and they just proved it by killing ………………

  • Debekeme

    This group is more than a religious Sect. They are an extension and propagation of Iranian power/influence into Nigeria. Know that!

    I don’t approve of the the undue influence of Iran in the affairs of Nigeria. Through this sect, Iran has hundreds of thousands of foot soldiers on ground to destabilize Nigeria. And the Sect has been doing this!

    There is NO country where Iran has influence that is stable and the influence of Iran is not for business, advancement of science or culture.

    The import of Iran influence into Nigeria through this sect must be contained.

    The leader of the Sect was on the phone to senior members of Iranian Government throughout the incident giving them feedback as to what was happening. This is unacceptable.

    I do not condone the kiling of innocent citizens by the Nigeria military but i believe the new administration needs to send a super strong message that if any Sect/Group etc try and confront or engage the legitimate government of Nigeria they will have to pay a steep price.

    Say NO and NO again to the influence of Iran in the affairs of Nigeria.

    Those of you shouting human rights need to remember the shipment of Iranian arms (sophisticated ones) intercepted during the Jonathan administration. We thank God the Government stopped that shipment but how many more got through? Who else has Iran been supplying?

    Note; when you talk Iran you also talk Hizbullah. Reemember also the Hizbullah members arrested in the North in possession of arms that led to closure of their super market in Abuja?

    guys, this is high stakes underground politics with this Sect just being the public face of whats going on in the background.

    You guys dont know what you are talking about with this crazy sect.

    • Factsay

      Go siddon.

      You dont force your ideology on others. They have right to worship as they choose

      • wazobia scatter!!!!!!

        yeah,worship on the main road ………….. join them for the worship and get killed…………. why did they build a mosque then?

  • Mephistoheles

    Some one said this before and we agreed.

    Nigeria needs immediate secularization. No more mandatory weekends , religions Fridays or Sundays.

    Employers need only agree to give workers 2 days off a week (workers are free to choose the days they want off).
    No more Christmas or Sallah celebrations at the federal and state levels, and definitely no more sponsorship or morons flying across large expanses of space to go worship foreign Gods.

    If you believe your God lives in Mecca and/or Jerusalem, pray and he will help your afford your pilgrimage.

    If, like we saw this year, so many Nigerians died in a stampeded in Mecca, Perhaps Nigerians should stop visiting Mecca. Instead, they should use satellite phones to talk to Allah!

    With Regards to Christians….They worship a God that does not even know they exist.
    Jesus was never a christian! He was a Jew….and according to history books, he was crucified because he broker the law!

    • wazobia scatter!!!!!!

      man,relocate to north korea and quit whining ………………………..

  • Mephistoheles

    So folks are fuming now because they think we called Jesus a criminal. WE DID NOT! The fact that he was crucified is what calls him a criminal. We are merely bringing folks up to par.
    As said before, Jesus was a Jew and knows no Christians. …..Christianity is a religion that6 happened because the Roman Cesare (Constantine) saw how sheep-like Christians were as they were burned at the state. He co-opted the Religion, sending his mother to where Jesus was killed to get something (anything) that will give him authority,
    His mom supposedly brought back the nails used to crucify Jesus and the supposed spear that peirced his hides!

    For that, she is canonized and is now known as Sr. Helena.

    Mind you, her son, Constantine only adopted Christianity t regain control of the tumultuous jews, he did not convert to Christianity till his was on his death bed!

    we are late ………do the research yourselves .

    • Factsay

      Are u ok?

    • Otile

      @Gugurus Ekpa, why are you mocking us? Your hatred for Christianity will consume you. Don’t hide under this bogus name, we know you. Fake @aminukolawoleonyekwere:disqus

    • wazobia scatter!!!!!!

      satanist,stick to your petty god,smoke the good sh!t as much as you want and leave the Christ of God out of your torment ………………….. you are not yet in hel! and you are this tormented,what would happen when you get to your customized pit?

      the crap ………………………..

  • igboham

    Buhari is killing his own people because of religion.

  • Otile

    Yorubas elected their Islamist master so that he can give them nice positions, but they have doomed 9ja. Why did Buhari join the new Arab union? A joint operations centre is to be established in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, state media reported. Countries from Asia, Africa and the Arab world are involved in the alliance but Saudi Arabia’s main regional rival Iran is not. It comes amid international pressure for Gulf Arab states to do more in the fight against so-called Islamic State.