The United States Government on Friday expressed concerns over the death of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, otherwise known as Shi’ites after a clash with members of the police force in Kano.
In a statement released by its embassy in Abuja, the US called for communications between Shiites and the authorities.
The statement reads; “This is the latest in a series of violent incidents between security forces and members of the Shia Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), some of which have resulted in deaths, destruction of property, and the arbitrary detention of IMN members.
“The Shiites have the right to peacefully express their religious beliefs”.
“We will continue to urge the government to ensure accountability for the deaths of more than 300 IMN members during December 15, 2015 clashes between the IMN and security forces in Zaria, Kaduna State.
“We also call on the Nigerian government to conduct a transparent investigation of the latest incidents and bring to account anyone responsible for violating the law,”.