Adelani Adepegba Abuja
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has released the names of 34 of its members who were allegedly shot dead during clashes with soldiers and police between October 27 and 30 in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The group in a statement on Sunday, accused security forces of murder and demanded an investigation into the killings.
Members of the sect clashed with soldiers in parts of the FCT while on a procession to demand the release of their detained leader, Ibrahim El-ZakyZaky.
The IMN said the list would be updated to accommodate the names of others yet to be identified.
The group said most of those killed were buried in Zaria, Kaduna State, while family members claimed the bodies of others.
The Defence Headquarters had said only three Shi’ites were killed during the violent protests, saying the army acted in self-defence.
The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, who also commented on the incident, claimed that there were no casualties, insisting that the police exercised restraint during the protests.
But the group insisted that 34 of their members were killed. The group listed some of them as Abdulaziz Ibrahim (Maigana, Kaduna State); Rabi’u Abdulwahab (Malumfashi, Katsina State); Minka’ilu Shu’aibu (Kudan, Kaduna State); Muhammad Hussain (Sokoto, Sokoto State) and Abdu Dijana (Suleja, Niger State).
Others were Ukasha Dayyabu (Madalla, Niger State); Faru’q Garba; Sulaima SK; Muhammad Soje; Fatima Musa; Malam Abu Qasim (Gaji, Bauchi State); Surajo Adam (Garu, Borno State); Ja’afar Yusuf (Keffi, Nasarawa State) and Saeed Adamu (Awe, Nasarawa State), among others.
The police arrested 400 IMN members on Tuesday for engaging in a violent protest and for setting ablaze a police patrol car parked in front of a shopping mall on Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja.