The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shi’ites, has alleged that two of its members were killed by policemen in Kano during Arbaeen annual trek on Sunday.
According to the Islamic group, policemen arrived the scene and started firing teargas and eventually live bullets.
They also said that it was while people were dispersing that policemen arrived.
The group further said a Muslim brother and sister were confirmed shot and killed by the police operatives and their corpses taken by their attackers. Many people were reportedly injured.
However, while terminating today’s trek, a leading member of IMN, Sunusi Abdulqadir, called on members of IMN to go back home peacefully as they came, and return tomorrow to continue the march to Zaria.
Reacting to the allegation, Musa Majia, the local police Spokesman in Kano, denied knowledge of casualties, adding that no one was arrested, either.
Majia said “we had an understanding with the leadership of the group on the need to suspend religious procession in the light of fragile security in the city and I don’t know of any death.”