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Stop killing Shiites, U.S tells President Buhari

– Following the recent killing of some members of the Shia Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN)by men of the Nigerian police during a violent clash in Kano, the United States government on Friday expressed deep concern

– U.S said it was “troubled by the apparent disproportionate response by the police” during the clash

A killed member of the sect

A killed member of the sect

Following the recent killing of some members of the Shia Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) by men of the Nigerian police during a violent clash in Kano, the United States government on Friday expressed deep concern.

Recall that the Inspector-General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, said his men had no choice than to open fire on protesting members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN)

The U.S. government said in a statement from its Embassy in Abuja that while the matter was still being investigated, it was “troubled by the apparent disproportionate response by the police” during the clash.

“This is the latest in a series of violent incidents between security forces and members of the Shia Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), some of which have resulted in deaths, destruction of property, and the arbitrary detention of IMN members.

“The United States calls for calm and restraint on all sides, a reduction of tensions, and greater communication between Shia citizens and government authorities,” the statement said.

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The U.S. government noted that members of the Shia community, like other religious communities, have the right to assemble, peacefully express their religious beliefs, and mark their celebrations.

“We continue to urge the government to ensure accountability for the deaths of more than 300 IMN members during December 15, 2015 clashes between the IMN and security forces in Zaria, Kaduna State.

“We also call on the Nigerian government to conduct a transparent investigation of the latest incidents and bring to account anyone responsible for violating the law,” it said.

Meanwhile, Ekiti state governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has called on the International Criminal Court (ICC), Amnesty International and other world bodies to investigate the murder of members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) otherwise known as Shi’ite Muslim group in Zaria, Kaduna state and Kano State, as well as the ongoing killings in the Southern Kaduna

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