War of words between Police and Shiite group over Kaduna clash
The Nigerian Police yesterday engaged in a nasty duel with members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria IMN in Kaduna which left some officers as well as members of the group with various degrees of injuries.
The popular Ahmadu Bello Way in Kaduna state yesterday was the scene of the fracas in which the police have accused the group of attacking its men with firearms.
According to the spokesman of the Kaduna state police command ASP Aliyu Mukhtar, the protesting members of the group which comprise women and children blocked the major road in the state, denying other citizens the right to use the road. The police according to Mukhtar had to clear the road as other road users were having a herculean time using the road.
“The Shi’ites, in their usual procession, came with many women and children and blocked the major road in the state, denying other citizens the right to use the road. But this time around, they came fully armed. Two of our men were critically injured and they are now receiving treatment at a hospital here in Kaduna. But I don’t know if there is any causality on their own part.
“As I speak with you, we have been able to disperse them and bring the situation under control. We were also able to arrest five of them. The police will not condone any form of lawlessness in the state,” he said.
But Sheik Aliyu Tirmizi, leader of the group in Kaduna said it was erroneous the accusation of the police that the group carried any form of firearm to the procession.
“We don’t carry firearms and have no plan to do so. The allegation against us that we came fully armed is not true. We have been protesting for the release of our leader, who has been in government custody for quite a long time. We have never carried arms and we can never carry arms,” he stressed.