El-Zakzaky: Tension In Kaduna As Police, Shiite Clash Goes Bloody
The arraignment in court of the leader of the Islamic Movement In Nigeria (IMN) also known as the Shiite group, Sheikh Ibaheem El-Zakzaky and his wife has led to violent clashes in Kaduna and its environs.
Members of the sect engaged the police in a fierce battle leading to the death of a police officer, while several members of the sect sustained various degrees of injuries.
Members of the sect came out in their multitude in solidarity for their leader who was arraigned at the state high court before the situation became violent when they were prevented access to the court, even though the court could not sit on grounds that the judge was indisposed.
The violent situation resulted in the death of a policeman who was allegedly stoned to death by the rampaging sect members and his riffle alleged to be missing.
Following the death of the police man, heavily armed security operatives took over the major streets of Kaduna metropolis, while some were sighted going after the protesting sect members who took to their heels.
Prior to the arraignment however, men of the Nigerian police force barricaded all the entry points to the court for fear of a repeat of what happened Wednesday, when the sect members also came out in their thousands protesting and demanding the unconditional release of their leader and his wife which also resulted in some fracas.
When the state Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO) ASP Mukhtar Aliyu was contacted to comment on the situation and the death of his colleague, he confirmed the death.
He said that the police man was stoned to death, and added that so far, eleven (11) of the protesting sect members have been apprehended.
There was no reaction from the sect members on the allegation of stoning the policeman to death.
Our correspondent who was around the scene of the fracas confirmed that business activities within Kaduna metropolis was paralysed and shops were put under lock and key, as shop owners scampered for safety.
Vehicular movement was also jeopardized as most residents had to treck long distances to their destinations.