A damning new evidence has emerged on the killing of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), better known as Shi’ites, in October.
The Shiites, on protest for the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, clashed with soldiers around the Zuba junction in Abuja, leading to the death of many of their members in the process.
While the army denied excessive use of force in the encounter, an investigation by the New York Times, showed that troops fired live ammunition at the “unarmed” Shi’ites, contrary to the army’s claim that they were armed.
The newspaper said it visited the scene of the attack, reviewed hundreds of videos, spoke with witnesses and survivor before arriving at the conclusion that the incident was a “massacre”.
One of the survivors, Abdullahi Musa, who spoke with the newspaper said an officer pointed a gun at one of the IMN members and shot him in the chest despite holding an apron.
“Whenever the security forces come during our protests, I run to the front to meet them and speak to them,” Musa said.
“So I was arriving, there was a guy using an apron, when the army officer comes and pointed a gun to his chest and shoot him. They just arrived and started shooting on the crowd.”
Watch the disturbing video put together by NYT here.