UPDATE: Nine confirmed dead as Nigeria Police, Shiites clash

IMN protesters
IMN protesters

The Police have confirmed the death of eight Shiites members and a police sergeant in Monday’s violent clash between the law enforcement agents and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Kano.

The clash occurred during a procession of the Shiites in the city.

The state Police Commissioner, Rabiu Yusuf, said the Shiites, who were allegedly in possession of dangerous weapons, were the aggressors in the clash.

He said they snatched an Ak47 gun from an officer and used it to kill the sergeant.

Mr. Yusuf said the incident started at about 8:00 a.m. when police officers were invited to a scene of mayhem at Kwanar Dawaki Zaria allegedly caused by the Shiites who, he said, blocked the road and were attacking motorists and vandalizing properties.

The commissioner said the law enforcement agents tried to stop the carnage with tear gas but were repelled by the Shiites with arrows and other dangerous weapons.

Mr. Yusuf said the officers had to resort to “minimal power, resulting in eight confirmed dead by the doctors”.

He said scores of injured Shiites members were receiving treatment at various hospitals.

The Commissioner said four of his officers were also injured, while ten Shiites were arrested.

The casualty figure could not be confirmed independently.

However, a witness who preferred anonymity said he saw a pile of bodies of Shiite members being removed from the scene of the clash in a police van.

Another witness had told PREMIUM TIMES that the crisis started when the police tried to forcefully stop the Shiite procession.

Mr. Yusuf said he had directed the officer in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department of the command to begin investigations into the immediate and remote causes of the clash.

He urged residents of the state to report any suspicious movement to the nearest police station, warning that the authorities would not tolerate any attempt at causing civil disaffection and breach of peace by anybody.

While the police claimed the Shiites were the aggressors, the group’s spokesperson has refuted the claim.

Ibrahim Musa said his group’s members were having their annual “Arbaeen Symbolic Trek” from Kano to Zaria, in Kaduna State, when they were attacked by police officers.

He denied that his group’s members had any weapons.

“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,” the IMN spokesperson said.

Monday’s killings occur about a year after over 300 Shiites were killed by soldiers who also accused them of blocking a major road in Kaduna State during a procession.

The leader of the Shiites, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky has been in detention since the December attack condemned by local and international rights groups.


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    This commissioner of police is a big liar. They did not attack anybody or vehicle. Stop telling lies like Buhari. You will meet God. Lie will not help you before almighty God. Have fear of God commissioner.

  • Rabi’u Lawal

    Police are lying. The aimed to kill Kawai. Allah’s is the best judge

  • kunle1234

    We have Muslims in Nigeria. They pray five times a day in accordance with the injunction of the Koran. They go on fasting. Their beliefs and practices are based on Koran. The question is which one is called Shites again. Are they radically different from the Muslims we know?. Why are they always in a running battle with security forces?.

    • dr.f.smith

      I hold the opinion that Buhari’s government is faltering and
      failing for lack of thinking. It is not for lack of money that Buhari’s
      government could not prepare its loan papers. I.M.F has been screaming since
      two months ago that Buhari has no policy support instrument. No loan can be
      approved by the I.M.F without a policy support instrument submitted as standard
      practice. Ditto, the Nigerian senate has now rejected Buhari’s medium term budget
      for lack of supporting figures. Meantime, killings continue unabated.

    • Dr Abba

      Kunle you are a Christian I think. Let me answer your question to d best of my ability. In Christianity there are Anglicans, protestants, catholics, jehovah witness etc. In Islam Under sunni school of thought we have izala, tijjaniya, dariqa, salafiya, darul salam under the shi’a school of thought we have muslim brothers which is the IMN who are predominantly shiites. Now the issue is tolerance. Since these various Islamic school of thought differ on some key issues how can they tolerate each other, practice their religion the way they choose without attacking each other as to what is happening in zaria, the massacre by soldiers and the one happening today in kano – zaria.

  • Wale

    Oh Yeah?
    “Mr. Yusuf said the officers had to resort to “minimal power, resulting in eight confirmed dead by the doctors”.

    Minimal use of force in-deed, to serve and to protect has a new meaning.

  • Factsay

    Buhari is a sunni terrorist



    The Shiites are no more allowed to assemble, pray, celebrate religious festivals etc in northern Nigeria since Buhari who himself is a Sunni fundamentalist came to office . The Nigerian constitution expressly guarantees freedom of religious worship and religious assembly for all citizens but the Buhari led regime has denied these citizens their rights and has already killed more than a thousand including women and children many of whom are secretly buried as the civilized world looks on !!

  • Excisionist

    This is Buhari’s “Soft approach” for Boko Haram Sunni Muslims and Fulani herdsmen BUT “hard approach” for Hausa Shiite Muslims, unarmed peaceful pro-Biafra protestors and Nigerian farmers. Buhari’s cup is full. He has crossed the red line. Prison in parts of Europe is like Hotel. Buhari does not deserve it. He should be buried in a mass grave like those innocent Shiite Muslim and peaceful pro-Biafra victims Those who swore to defend this country should take note.