At least 2 Shia members on a peaceful religious procession were killed as men of the Nigerian Army opened fired on them at Zuba near Abuja.
Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria IMN confirmed this in a press statement signed by the President of the Media Forum of the Movement Mr Ibrahim Musa on Saturday.
Part of the statement reads:
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has confirmed the killing of at least two of its members at Zuba, in the outskirts of Abuja by some soldiers of the Nigerian Army, today Saturday, 27/10/2018, who were in a peaceful religious procession of Arba’een from Suleja.
The army went away with the corpse of one of the victims, but the other victim’s corpse has been identified as Abdul’aziz Maigana, who until his demise was with the members of the Islamic Movement in Suleja.
The Movement vehemently condemns the action of the security agents, as “unwarranted, since the march has been peaceful.”
The statement further added, “In fact it was being rounded up for the day, when soldiers opened fire on the peaceful marchers without any provocation whatsoever.”
“The fact that a similar Arba’een march was conducted in Kano along the Kano-Zaria highway for two days without any incident, is enough a pointer to the peaceful nature of the annual religious rites. Similar Arba’een mourning processions are currently ongoing in Katsina and Kaduna states without any incident,” according to the press statement.
The Islamic Movement then cautioned the security agents to stop harassing its members, “since today is just the beginning of the peaceful mourning march on foot, and it is expected that more people may join the mass peaceful march, which will culminate in the grand Arba’een day, to be marked on Tuesday, 30 October, 2018, the same day it would be commemorated worldwide.”
“If the security agents are trigger happy, then they should save their arms and bullets to other parts of the country engulfed in violence, but not on peaceful marchers carrying no arms with them,” according to the press statement.