The Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, popularly known as Shiites have accused the Nigerian Police of killing three of its members in Kaduna, during the Ashura mourning procession today.
The group media coordinator of the IMN, Yahaya Muhammed, alleged that three persons, including a minor was killed in Kaduna this morning while they were observing the religious ritual.
Muhammed further expressed that in Abuja, the procession was peaceful because the police could not stop them.
The coordinator also added that in Gombe, there was a shooting and one person was confirmed dead adding that the same thing happend in Azare local government area in Bauchi state.
Reacting to the allegations, the Nigerian Police force denied killing anyone in a shoot-out, noting that the group was making up stories to win public sympathy.
The force through its spokesman of the Kaduna police command, Yakubu Sabo, stated that it recorded no casualty, insisting that it made efforts to disperse the Shiites in the most professional manner.
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu had earlier released a statement ordering Commissioners of Police in all the states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to avert any planned procession and/or disruption of public peace by IMN members.