The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has confirmed the killing of at least a dozen of Ashura mourners across the nation during the peaceful Ashura mourning procession today, Tuesday.
A statement signed by Ibrahim Musa, President Media Forum of the IMN read, “At least three people were confirmed killed by the police in Kaduna and 10 others injured, some fatally, when thousands of Muslim brothers and sisters trooped out in the early hours of today Tuesday 10/09/2019 commemorating the tragic events of Ashura.
“In Bauchi, reports also have it that three people were killed during the Ashura procession when the police attacked the mourners. Likewise three other people were killed by the police in Azare, also in Bauchi state,” the statement added.
Musa also said that, “Another three people were killed by the police in Gombe town, Gombe state. While one person was reportedly killed by the police in Illela, during the Ashura procession there, and another person was killed in Goronyo, all in Sokoto state.
“In Malumfashi, Katsina state also another person was killed. In Katsina town, however, several people sustained bullet wounds when the police opened fire on the mourners during the mourning procession, and afterwards, when well armed policemen attempted to forcibly make their way into the house of leader of Islamic Movement which was resisted by the group’s members,” he said.
The movement further expressed fears, however, that these casualty figures may rise due to the fatal gunshot wounds sustained by some of the peaceful mourners.
This year’s Ashura procession was held in all the state capitals of the 19 Northern states and Abuja. It ended peacefully in Abuja, Jos, Kebbi, Minna, Lafia, Yola, Gusau, Zaria, Kano, Jalingo, Damaturu, Hadejia and Potiskum.
Today’s attacks on the peaceful mourners by the police across the states is believed to be sequel to the tragic orders given to the police by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to brutally attack the peaceful Ashura mourners and demolished their structures. The order was given at the beginning of this month.
The statement also declared, “That, the mourning procession ended peacefully in places not attacked by the police is sufficient evidence as to who the instigators of violence are whenever we are carrying out our legitimate religious duties.
“We are grateful to Allah the Almighty that has granted us the courage to come out in several cities and villages across the country to commemorate the brutal killing of Imam Hussein (AS), the Grandson of Prophet Muhammad (S) as it is done in several cities across the globe, despite intimidation and threats by the federal government and its agents, acting on behalf of the Saudis proxy,” it said.