Shiite sect brought ‘hardship on the people for 40 years’

It was revealed on Monday, April 18, at the Kaduna Judicial Commission of Inquiry on the Army/Shi’ites clash – that the Islamic Movement in Nigeria has for the past 40 years, terrorised the Zaria community.

An association known as the Zazzau Emirate Development Association, made this disclosure while giving testimony against the IMN at the commission’s sitting.

Chairman of ZEDA, Mohammed Balarabe, described how ‘the Shi’ites take laws into their hands and are always in the habit of shutting down the roads while holding their procession.’

He said the December 12, 2015 clash between the Shiite sect and the Nigerian Army was not the first time such an incident would occur while stating that members of the group were violent in nature.

The group, he further stated, had clashed with the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, and a former governor of Kaduna State, Mukhtar Yero, and has had several bloody encounters with government officials in the previous administrations.

Balarabe said the Shi’ites ‘always hold the entire emirate council including the community hostage during their processions. In most cases, we don’t go out and we are forced to stay indoors.’

“We are familiar with the movement’s actions for over 40 years of its existence. And as someone who schooled in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, we know where the shoe pinches.”

“Whenever we heard they had an outing, we stayed away because it would bring untold hardship on the people. They usually shut the roads. They have outings on Thursday and we shun the roads to avoid confrontations.”

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