Police authorities in Kano state, north western Nigeria have confirmed one police officer dead and eight Shiites members killed in a clash between the El-Zakyzaky led Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN and security operatives.
Kano state Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Yusuf, in a media briefing said at about 0800GMT there’’ was a clash between the sect members and the police where one officer was killed and four others were injured.’’
He said ‘’eight members of the sect members who snatched an Ak 47 gun from a police officer and used it to attack the security operatives were wounded and later confirmed dead at the hospital by the doctor on duty.’’
Yusuf said 10 other members of the sect were also arrested and are awaiting prosecution, adding that investigations had commenced immediately.
He said scores of the Islamic movement were also wounded in the clash.
The commissioner of Police said the clash was as a result of thousands of “Shiites members that obstructed motorists and other users’ free access to Kano- Kaduna express way between Kwanar Dawaki and Tamurawa village in Dawakin local government area of the state.
They also attacked innocent citizens, damaged public and personal properties thereby causing mayhem, as result a combined team of Mobile Police Force, Counter Terrorism Unit and Special Armed Robbery Respond Squad and Conventional Police were adequately mobilize to maintain peace.
In the process, Shiites members who were armed with bows and arrows, Catapult with metal bolts, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons attacked the Police team Killing one Police man and critically injured 4 others’’, explained CP Rabiu
The commissioner said, he was personally on site and ordered for tear gas to be used to disperse the Shiites group, until when they began to attack officers and snatched guns leading to the use of maximum force to quell the situation.
He urged people in Kano state to go about their normal buiness and report any untoward development to the police immediately for action, as the agency would not allow any body or group of persons to hold the state to ransom.
A spokesperson of the Shittes group, Ali Kakaki, who refused to give details of what transpired on the phone, when contacted, said their members have since dispersed and returned to their individual homes.