Police operatives in Zaria, Kaduna State have dispersed members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) popularly called Shiites, commemorating the 6th death anniversary of three sons of their leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky and 32 others.
The Nation recalled a Quds demonstration in Zaria led to a clash between the sect and soldiers, resulting to the death of three sons of group’s leader Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and 32 others on July 25, 2014.
While the commemoration was ongoing at Unguwar Bishar Cemetry, Zaria city, six hilux trucks with armed policemen stormed the event.
Members of the sect alleged they started chanting Allahu Akbar (God is Great) while the police fired tear gas and live ammunition at them.
However, Sheikh Abdulhamid Bello, Chairman Shuhada Foundation of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Zaria said the commemoration was an annual event usually observed by special prayers, lectures and visiting the tombs of their martyrs.
Bello said the event was aimed at remembering our late members adding: “We don’t want to forget our members who died in the unfortunate incidence on July 25, 2014.”
He added the organisation moved the event to Darur-Rahma, Dembo, along Jos Road, Zaria (where the martyrs were buried) but claimed the Police cordoned the area.
“We finally moved the event to Unguwar Bishar Cemetery and the Police also moved to the cemetery and started throwing tear gas and live bullets on our people,” he said.
Police Public Relations Officer of the Kaduna Command, ASP Muhammad Jalige, told The Nation he would reach the Police Area Commander, Zaria and report back to our correspondent.
He was yet to get back at as the time of filing this report.