The Kaduna State Police Command said it has arrested four suspected members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) during their procession of the annual Ashura Day in Kaduna State on Tuesday, September 10.
The police alleged that the IMN members also known as Shiites attacked the police which made the situation violent.
This was contained in a statement issued by the state PPRO, Yakubu Sabo.
Sabo confirmed that teams of policemen were quickly dispatched to the areas. This was done with a view to dispersing the unlawful assembly and to manage the traffic.
The statement explained, “Today (Tuesday) at about 0655hrs, we received an information that members of the outlawed Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, popularly known as Shiites came out en mass along Nnamdi Azikiwe Expressway Kaduna and at Kasuwan Mata area of zaria city respectively on procession in respect of the annual Ashura Day, blocking the public highways, causing traffic jam and molesting commuters.
“They were chanting slogans and demanding for the unconditional release of their spiritual leader Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky despite an earlier warning by the Command yesterday.
“It is on record that both the federal government of Nigeria and the government of Kaduna State have separately proscribed the group recently.
“Thus, teams of Policemen quickly dispatched to the areas with a view to dispersing the unlawful assembly; and to manage the traffic.
“However, on sighting the Police, the protesters started throwing stones at them; hitting them with iron bolts using catapults. The situation became very tensed; and members became violent and unruly.”
The statement said it was in view of the Shi’ites unruly behaviour that minimum force was used in dispersing them; and added that four suspects were so far arrested and are being investigated.
The command reiterated its warning that the Kaduna state government has placed ban on procession in the state; as well as to remind members of the IMN that the proscription placed on the group by the federal government of Nigeria and the government of Kaduna state is still in force. In fact saying that the Nigeria Police would always enforce the lawful order accordingly.
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