The Islamic Movement in Nigeria ( IMN) says police officers opened fire on some of its members during a nationwide Ashura procession Tuesday morning.
Ashura is the day set aside by Shia Muslims across the world to commemorate the killing of their supposed leader, Imam Hussain bn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.
SaharaReporters reports that the group’s spokesman, Abdullahi Musa, confirmed the incident, proclaiming three people have been killed in Kaduna State and many others wounded.
This development comes amid repeated warnings from security agencies that the group which was recently designated as a terrorist organisation must not proceed with the planned procession due to the Federal Government’s proscription order which makes all its activities illegal.
However, the IMN at various times announced it would defy the orders. It has sued FG for labelling it a terrorist group and for banning it but the litigation is still active in court.
Members of the group as early as 7am today converged at the Wuse market in Abuja and marched toward the popular Berger roundabout.
The protesters were said to be waving flags with arabic inscriptions and chanting anti-government songs, but hurriedly dispersed on sighting armed policemen to avoid being arrested.
It was further learnt that the protest caused gridlock in many parts of the city.
Kubwa and Mararaba expressways were completely locked down, reports say.