There was palpable tension in Kaduna yesterday, following a clash between the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, popularly known as Shi’ite, and security operatives in Tudun Wada area of the metropolis.
Our correspondent observed that shops, banks and markets were
hurriedly closed as the news filtered into the State at about 12 noon
that the Muslim sect and security operatives were allegedly engaging
each other in gunshots.
An eye witness account said the Shiite sect were preparing for a
protest against the arrest of their leader Sheik Ibraheem El zakzaky by
the military when police operatives swooped on them to disperse the
crowd in Tudun Wada area.
However, the sect in a statement made available to newsmen by its media
spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, said, “The mobile police unit (MOPOL) attacked a
peaceful protest staged by the members of the Islamic Movement in
Nigeria in Kaduna, killing 3 people on the spot, with many receiving
This was happening as the Minister of interior, Abdulrahman Danbazau led
the Federal Government delegation to Kaduna State to see things for
The Minister also held a closed door meeting with the state Governor,
Malam Nasir El-Rufai on the development in the state before proceeding
to Zaria to ascertain what really transpired between the sect and the
Danbazau told reporters at Kaduna government house, “I came to Kaduna to
see the situation of things and I decided to see the Chief Security
officer of the state. I am on my way to Zaria to see the situation of
The Sect statement said,”As usual with such protest conducted by the
Muslim brothers, it started peacefully from Layin kosai area of Tudun
Wada Kaduna, however when it reached Tudun Nupawa near Enugu road,
MOPOL, in about 5 vehicles opened fire on the protesters.
“The main aim and slogans of the protesters was “Release Sheikh Zakzaky!” “Enough is Enough!”
“The protesters were dispersed by the police by their sporadic
shootings. However about 9 police vehicles moved to Tudun wada where the
Markaz (Islamic Cenre) of the muslim brothers is situated and opened
“As if in continuation of what the Army started in Zaria over the
weekend.Report reaching us said many were killed or wounded also.
said similar protests were held in Bauchi, Gombe, Kano and Gusau, and
they all ended peacefully, becouse no police were ordered to shoot the
“The question is who are those in authority that are bent on creating
chaos in Kaduna through such brutal attacks on ordinary unarmed