According to reports, soldiers allegedly opened fire members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria who embarked on a symbolic annual Arbaeen annual trek earlier today at Zuba, Abuja.
It was gathered that the some of the Shiite Muslims who started the walk from Suleja to Abuja were dispersed by security men who allegedly fired teargas and eventually live bullets at the crowd.
Some of the Shiite members were allegedly killed and many others injured, according to reports.
More than one million followers of Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky will converge in Abuja on Sunday, to officially embark on the Arbaeen Symbolic Trek to mark the tragic day that Yazid bn Mu’awiyyah killed Imam Hussain Ibn Ali and his family.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Saturday, a leader of the movement, Sheikh Sidi Munir Sokoto, said the trek will commence on Sunday and will last for three days. He noted that the trek will be also feature the ‘Free Zakzaky’ protest.
The Arba’een is the religious ritual for the commemoration of the Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Husayn ibn Ali’s martyrdom..
Muslims from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and Nigeria stage silent protests in display of Shia belief and solidarity.