One Killed, 3 Injured During Religious Procession in Potiskum


A person was reportedly killed and three others injured in clash between the military and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) in Potiskum, Yobe state.

It was gathered that the fracas ensued shortly after the IMN members rounded up their Ashura procession with prayers around 8:30 am near Central Hotel, Potiskum.

Yobe state police commissioner, Abdulmaliki Sunmonu confirmed to journalists that three persons were injured during the clash.
He said that the JTF responded after the IMN members attempted to seize gun from one of the security operatives.
He however said he is awaiting more details about the incident, he said: “I will update you as soon as I get full details on the clash.”
A member of the IMN group, El- Tafseer, who spoke to journalists, said the police boss did not give the true reflection of what happened, he explained that they were attacked by the soldiers minutes after the Ashura procession was closed.

He said: @We just sighted the soldiers armed with gun and sticks approaching us. They started beating and harassing us to disperse. We began to run when they fired gunshots sporadically. Three people were injured and a teenager, not our member, was hit by stray bullet in the head and die in the hospital.

“They also arrested Malam Gambo Abbas and detained him in Rest House. “
He alleged that the attack on them was a denial of their fundamental rights to religion. He said: “This attack is being pre-planned to deny us the right to religion. We have been observing this procession for the past 25 years and nothing like this has ever happened. So,  I want everyone to know that the CP has not been sincere to you. What he claimed is not in our habit”.

Our correspondent was told that the sporadic gunshots threw the town into confusion with residents and passers-by scampering for their lives.

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