A member of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, otherwise known as ‘Shi’ites’ was reportedly killed on Sunday during a protest against the continued detention of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, in Kaduna.
The Free Zakzaky Protests broke out in Kaduna along the Ahmadu Bello Way on Kano Road at 5pm.
However, the spokesman of Kaduna police command, ASP Mukhtar Aliyu, confirmed that only two civilians were injured, adding that nobody died in the clash.
Aliyu narrated that policemen were at the Leventis roundabout to disperse protesters after receiving reports that the Shi’ites were about to embark on a protest march when the clash occurred.
“In the course of doing that, there was an altercation between the protesters and the police leading to two civilians and one policeman were injured.
“However the situation had been brought under control, following some arrest,” he said
In contrary, Shiites’ spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, confirmed that one person was killed while several others were injured.
“It has been confirmed that one person was killed and several others were injured by the police.
“The police shot sporadically to disperse the protesters thus forcing motorists and other road users as well as residents to scamper into safety.
“The processions were held in major towns of the North to protest El-Zakzaky’s continued detention in view of his deteriorating health condition.
“Free Zakzaky processions were carried out in major towns of northern Nigeria to press for the freedom of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky because of the news of his deteriorating state of health,” he said.
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