Member of Islamic movements of Nigeria (IMN) known as Shiites yesterday engages in another protest that eventually attracts a stern reaction from security agents, claiming several lives, an eyewitness confirms.
The causality remains unclear as sources told urban express news online soldiers were shooting them and carrying away their dead bodies.
Narrating how it all begin, an eyewitness told our correspondent that trouble began when thousands of Shiites marched on the busy zuba-kubwa metropolis that is adjoining central business district.
The protesters consist of mainly of young members spotting green, red, black yellow headbands while the women wore black hijab
“The sect’s members planned to enter Abuja from zuba and Nyanya Maraba areas, two major entry and exit points in the FCT”
“I saw them trekking at a time and then all of a sudden, its turned bloody as members of the sects met stiff resistance at a roadblock manned by soldiers who allegedly opened fired with live ammunition”
Sensing stiff resistance, our sources said the leadership of the group instructed its members to retreat and reassemble tomorrow (Today) to continue the trek, the leader was quoted as saying would end tomorrow
But reacting to the said developments, a pro-democracy and non-governmental organisation, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), condemned the killing of Shiites in a statement by its national coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, and national media affairs director, Zainab Yusuf.
“Have the soldiers run out of water cannons; teargas canisters or rubber bullets? Why fire lethal weapons on civilians, even if they were throwing rocks and stones at the soldiers? These killings are indeed dehumanizing the Nigerian life and making Nigerian life seem so cheap. This is absolutely inappropriate and totally unacceptable.”
HURIWA added: “We condemn these deaths that were completely avoidable if maximum military force wasn’t deployed. We are by this statement publicly asking that an independent investigation be carried out by a panel of investigators to be drawn from the organised civil society community, the judiciary and representatives of the security forces without further waste of time. Enough of this bloodshed!