The United States has said that the Nigerian Police’s response to the protest staged by Shiia protesters in Kano on Monday was disproportionate. In statement issued by the US Diplomatic Spokesman in Nigeria, John Kirby, it urged the Federal Government to bring anyone found guilty of violating the law to book.
“The United States is deeply concerned by the deaths of dozens of Nigerians during clashes between individuals participating in a Shia procession and the Nigerian Police Force in Kano State,” a statement by the U.S. diplomatic mission in Nigeria said.
“While the matter is still under investigation, we are troubled by the apparent disproportionate response by the police,” said the statement, issued by spokesman John Kirby, which also called for “calm and restraint on all sides”.
Police reportedly opened fire on protesters on Monday killing nine people and wounding several others. The violence was the latest in a series of incidents involving the sect. A judicial inquiry in August reported that 347 IMN members were killed and buried in mass graves after clashes with the army in December 2015, and two sect members were killed in processions in Kaduna state in October.
The sect leader, Ibrahim Elzakzaky, has been in detention since December following a clash of sect members with the Army in Zaria. He has been held without charge leading to protests by human rights activists.