Two members of Shiite movement have been reportedly killed in Kaduna. The Shiites were attacked when they placed their flag in the premises of the house of the Shi’ite leader, Mukhtar Sahabi that was burnt and later demolished by youth on Wednesday in Tudun Wada. Ten other members were injured.
On Wednesday two people died in Kaduna when some youths stormed the residence of the Shi’a leader and set it ablaze after they had concluded the Ashura day procession in the area. They also demolished an Islamic school belonging to the Shi’ites.
A number of human rights groups have criticized the Kaduna State government, and Governor Nasir El-Rufai, for the continued repression of Shiite Muslim religious minorities.
Human Rights Watch stated its growing concern about the ban on Shiite religious groups and violence directed toward the community in Kaduna State and across the region. HRW stated that “the move to ban the Shia umbrella body, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), by the Kaduna State government appears to have triggered a wave of discrimination and violence against Shia elsewhere in the country.”