Nigerian police clashed on friday with Shi’ite Muslim protesters in the capital of Sokoto state, Sokoto and gunfire could be heard, according to an eye witness.
The Shi’ite group marched in protest against the continued detention of its leader, despite a court ruling that he be released and the refusal of the DSS to allow his doctors attend to his diatorating health condition.
“Many of our members has been killed in a similar confrontation, but we’re not deterred, we will continue to protest until the right thing is done. Many more people have died since the beginning of these protests against the government to release our leader and his wife, but they have turn deaf ears to our concerns, a spokesman for the Shi’ites said.”
“The only thing that will stop this protest is for the government to free our leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky,” said Abdullahi Musa.
“We are not armed. If we were armed, these people cannot face us. It’s because they see we are unarmed that is why they are killing us, shooting us and this will never deter us from what we are doing,” he said.
Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) members regularly take to the streets to call for the release of Zakzaky, who has been in detention since 2015. They say Zakzaky requires medical help. Live ammunition and tear gas have been used by security forces in recent times to stop their protest, but the group will stop at nothing to achieve their desire.