One person has been reportedly killed and three others injured after a clash between the Military and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) in Potiskum, Yobe state.
The fracas reportedly ensued shortly after the IMN members rounded up their Ashura procession with prayers around 8:30 am near central hotel, Potiskum, Daily Trust writes.
Yobe state police commissioner, Abdulmaliki Sunmonu confirmed that three people were injured during the clash, saying the JTF responded after the IMN members attempted to seize gun from one of the security operatives.
“I will update you as soon as I get full details on the clash” he said.
However, a member of the group, El- Tafseer denied the CP’s claim saying the that they were attacked by the soldiers minutes after the Ashura procession was closed.
“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.”
“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.”