Government of Kaduna State has moved to end the Shiite Islamic Movement in the area by demolishing a school owned by the group yesterday, November 17.
Following the recent violent clash between the Shiites and federal officials, security forces, the state government has banned the group’s activities with total support and excitement of many residents of the neighborhood.
The locals expressed happiness as the primary and secondary school called Fudiyya Centre, located at Babban-Dodo, Gangaren-Fadama, in Zaria, was demolished at about 2:30 p.m. under the supervision of armed security personnel.
One of the residents, identified simply as Musa, told newsmen that the demolition was a welcomed move and a good step in the right direction.
He lamented that the IMN has been a threat to the locals, especially the group conduct their religious functions. Musa said:
“We have long been waiting for this action; it came at a time we did not expect. However, we are really happy with what happened today.”
Other locals who were interviewed advised Kaduna State Government not to relent in its efforts to curtail the worrisome activities of Shiite sect which according to him, were infringing on the rights of others.
“I must confess that Zaria is now safe without El-Zakzaky,” another local, Baba Bala said.
“We are behind what this government is doing; we hope it will carry out the good work to its logical conclusion.”
The leader of the Shiite group, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has been detained in prison without trial since December when over 300 members of the sect were killed by soldiers who accused them of blocking a road and plotting to kill the army chief, Tukur Buratai. However, the Shiites had denied the accusations and have alleged persecution.