The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has condemned a reported attack on security agents, and the destruction of property by suspected members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria.
Members of the Shiite group staged a protest in Kaduna on Thursday against the detention of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
Mr El-Zakzaky appeared before a Federal High Court in Kaduna for the continuation of the hearing of the case instituted against him and the group by the Kaduna State Government.
During the protest, suspected members of the group attacked residents and security operatives, destroying police patrol vans and buildings as seen in a video by PREMIUM TIMES. One police officer was confimed killed in the melee. The protesters said they retaliated after the police forcefully dispersed their peaceful rally killing three Shiites.
In a statement, Mr El-Rufai, whose government had banned the IMN, condemned the protest.
He directed the police to arrest and investigate all suspects involved.
“The Kaduna State Government strongly condemns the barbaric attacks visited on security agents in Kaduna by members of an unlawful society over two days this week. Governor El-Rufai has conveyed the commiserations of the state government to the Nigerian Police Force for the loss of a police officer and the injuries to some officers.
“The Kaduna State Government stands in solidarity with the security agencies that are performing the vital duty of keeping citizens safe. It wishes to assure all security personnel of its unflinching support for the lawful discharge of their mandate.
“There can be no doubt that the state government shall seek justice for the officers who suffered the horrific mob attacks. Illegal groups cannot by acts of violence impose their will on others or try to decide ongoing court processes through street action. No group will be allowed to oppress or menace others under any guise.
“Government calls on all citizens, civil society groups and communities to extend support to security agencies. Mobs and unlawful groups must know that our communities will resist their attempts to foment chaos.
“Security agencies complement a strong civil society to keep our communities safe and secure, and to uphold common values. It is therefore vital that the security agencies continue to receive citizen cooperation as they contain the situation,” the statement said.