IMN buries victim of police attack during Maulud Procession …blames trigger happy police for the unfortunate incident

The Islamic Movement today buried one of the its members, Muhammad Salis, who was shot deaf by a team of policemen shortly after the yearly Maulud procession that took place in Zaria to commemorate the birthday anniversary of Prophet Muhammad.

In a statement issued by the spokesman of the IMN, Ibrahim Musa, blamed the trigger happy police for the unfortunate incident.

According to him, “The Maulud procession which started from Gwargwaje was largely peaceful, traversing the major street of Zaria city to Fadama neighborhood a distance of almost 3km, however as the participants were dispersing after the procession, a police unit arrived the scene and started shooting live bullets sporadically at close range, killing one and injuring 8 others.

“In Kaduna metropolis the police command enacted a similar scenario, shooting another peaceful Maulud procession along Ahmadu Bello way, though as at the time of writing this statement nobody has died of the bullets wounds sustained by four people.

“This goes to show once again to the public and the international community that Kaduna state government which is on the payroll of Saudi Wahabi government and its security agents are not remorseful of the over a thousand lives they have killed since the December 2015 Zaria massacre by the Nigerian Army. 

“In fact, they now do the killings with impunity, since all our processions are peaceful until their arrival.” He said.

Below is the full text of the statement 

PRESS STATEMENT

*Victim of police attack on Zaria Maulud procession buried today*

Today, the Islamic Movement buried one of its members Muhammad Salis who was shot dead by a team of policemen shortly after the yearly Maulud procession that took place in Zaria city to commemorate the birthday anniversary of Prophet Muhammad which according to authentic narrations occurred on the 17th of Rabi’ul Awwal.

The Maulud procession which started from Gwargwaje was largely peaceful, traversing the major street of Zaria city to Fadama neighborhood a distance of almost 3km, however as the participants were dispersing after the procession, a police unit arrived the scene and started shooting live bullets sporadically at close range, killing one and injuring 8 others.

In Kaduna metropolis the police command enacted a similar scenario, shooting another peaceful Maulud procession along Ahmadu Bello way, though as at the time of writing this statement nobody has died of the bullets wounds sustained by four people.

This goes to show once again to the public and the international community that Kaduna state government which is on the payroll of Saudi Wahabi government and its security agents are not remorseful of the over a thousand lives they have killed since the December 2015 Zaria massacre by the Nigerian Army. Infact they now do the killings with impunity, since all our processions are peaceful until their arrival.

We condemn this trigger happy attitude of the police in Kaduna state in strong terms and remind them that this Maulud procession was not peculiar to Kaduna alone, it took place in major cities and towns across the North with no any incident. This unwarranted attack on the Islamic Movement only project the security force in Kaduna in the eyes of the public as only after unarmed protesters, leaving out the Kidnappers and bandits busy turning Kaduna state as a war zone.

And as we approach the 4th anniversary of Zaria massacre, we call on the federal government to abide by the federal high court ruling that freed our leader Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife immediately. All others still in known and unknown detention centers since then should also be released unconditionally.

SIGNED BY

IBRAHIM MUSA

PRESIDENT MEDIA FORUM

ISLAMIC MOVEMENT IN NIGERIA

SKYPE: Ibrahim.musa42

15/11/2019

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