New evidence has emerged on the killing of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN), better known as Shi’ites, in October. Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai / AFP The IMN members, who were on a protest for the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, clashed with soldiers and many of them were killed in the process.
Investigation into the incident showed that Nigerian troops fired live ammunition at the “unarmed” Shi’ites, contrary to the army’s claim that they were armed.
It visited the scene of the attack, reviewed hundreds of videos, spoke with witnesses and survivors before arriving at the conclusion that the incident was a “massacre”.
One of the survivors, Abdullahi Musa, who spoke with the daily advent said an officer pointed a gun at one of the IMN members and shot him in the chest despite holding an apron.
Defence Headquarters, DHQ, has explained that the military killed three members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, weekend, because they attempted to overrun soldiers who were on escort to Kaduna, with a view to carting away the ammunition and missiles they were escorting to the state.
The IMN in a swift response, yesterday, said the Army lied in its bid to justify the killing of some of its members. The DHQ in a statement through its spokesman, Brigadier -General John Agim, yesterday, said the soldiers from Army Headquarters Garrison were on official duty escorting ammunition and missiles from Abuja to Army Central Ammunition Depot in Kaduna State when they were attacked by some members of the IMN at Zuba bridge, Abuja, at about 3.00 pm.
“The sect members established an illegal road block denying motorists free passage. When the troops’ convoy attempted to clear the road block, they met stiff opposition from the sect. “Members of the sect used various objects to barricade the road and also pelted the troops with stones.
They smashed both military and civilian vehicles’ windscreens and windows. “They also attempted to overrun the escorts to cart away the ammunition and missiles the troops were escorting.
This led to the troops opening fire to extricate themselves. Consequently, troops of 102 Guards Battalion in whose area of responsibility the incident occurred rushed to the convoy’s rescue.
“Unfortunately, during the encounter, three members of the sect were killed, while two soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries and are being treated at a military medical facility.”