Mob disrupts distribution of free food by Shiites in Zaria
A mob has disrupted the free distribution of food items by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) to Muslim communities in Zaria.
The Islamic group, also known as Shiites has, however, accused Kaduna State government of masterminding the action by the mob.
According to the group: “The food items were distributed to the needy around Gyellesu and other places in Zaria at the start of the Ramadan fasting period on behalf of their leader Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and this has been his practice for several years.”
A statement issued by the spokesperson of IMN, Mallam Ibrahim, pointed out that: “It was El-Zakzaky’s wish that the humanitarian assistance usually provided by him must be continued irrespective of whether or not the government releases him.
“To fulfill this wish, on Monday, 6th June, assorted food items were distributed as was the practice, with families happily collecting with so much gratitude.
“However, the following day, some thugs sponsored by Kaduna State government appeared in the Gyellesu neighbourhood, wielding machetes and sticks and pelting stones at both those sharing the items as well as the beneficiaries. They forcefully confiscated the food items and littered the streets with them in a manner that only vandals would do.”
“We challenge Kaduna State government to refute its involvement in this indignity by arresting and punishing those involved in the assault, disturbance of public peace, trespass and willful destruction and to pay these poor citizens damages as well,” Ibrahim stated.
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