As reports further disclosed: “It was while people were dispersing that mobile policemen arrived the scene and started firing teargas and eventually live bullets.”
Ibrahim Musa alleged that “a muslim brother and sister were confirmed shot and killed by police and their corpses taken by their attackers. Many people were reportedly injured.”
The statement added “when news spread that mobile police had laid siege on the Arbaeen trekkers in the outshirts of Kano, a London, based human rights group, IHRC, issued a press released calling for restraint on the part of the police authorities.
“We are deeply concerned at reports of this build-up given the past attacks on the Islamic Movement by the police and armed forces. We demand the Nigeria police and authorities de-escalate the situation immediately.”
In a reaction, DSP Magaji Musa Majia, the local police spokesman in Kano denied knowledge of the incident, stressing that no one was arrested either.
DSP Majia said “We had an understanding with the leadership of the group on the need to suspend religious procession in the light of fragile security in the city and I don’t know of any death.