Shi’ites Protesters Kill Policeman In Kaduna
Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as Shi’ites, on Thursday, murdered a riot policeman after their protest turned violent in Kaduna.
Their violent protest followed their inability to access the court where their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, was billed for trial.
An eyewitness said the policeman, who was among troops deployed to stop the protesters, was overpowered around Ahmadu Bello Way.
He said: “The policemen fired tear gas and live ammunition and initially succeeded in pushing the protesters back, but the protesters overpowered a mobile policeman and he was mobbed to death. His gun was also taken away.”
Members of the sect also marched on the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Abuja to protest El-Zakzaky’s “unlawful prosecution”.
They were received by the NHRC Executive Secretary, Tony Ojukwu.
Their spokesman, Abdullahi Musa berated the police for attacking the Kaduna protesters with live ammunition.
He said: “The police have continued to violate our right to peaceful gathering. Yesterday (Wednesday), they opened fire on us in Kaduna and 23 people were injured. They arrested 10 of the injured people and we have only 13 of them with us receiving treatment.
“As I speak now, the police are still shooting at our members in Kaduna and the carnage continues.”
Musa urged President Muhammadu Buhari to release their leader, El-Zakzaky, who has been in detention since December 2015.
Ojukwu, who emphasised the right of every Nigerian to embark on peaceful demonstration, described it as a constitutional right which the NHRC will protect as long as the demonstration is peaceful.
“We will stand with you as long as you are peaceful. Nobody has any right to use live ammunition on anybody carrying out a peaceful demonstration. We urge you to continue to be peaceful because the truth must come to light one day.
“It is good that somebody is taken to court than to be perpetually kept in detention because in court, unless you prove a case beyond every reasonable doubt, nothing can be done. All you need is to put evidences together, get a good lawyer and put across your case,” Ojukwu said.