The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), has held its annual Ashura procession in Abuja.
According to a top member of the Shi’ites group, Abdulai Musa, the procession started in Wuse market and ended around Berger about from 8: oo am and ended by 8:30 am.
Musa told our reporter that the procession was peaceful and well organised.
IMN had on Monday petitioned the Human Rights Commission, United Nations and the European Union over Tuesday’s Ashura procession which it claimed that the police are preparing to disrupt and attack its members.
The protesters hurriedly dispersed on sighting armed policemen to avoid being arrested.
The protest caused gridlock in many parts of the city.
Kubwa and Mararaba expressways were completely locked down.
But reports from Kaduna State alleged that policemen have shot Shiite protesters, killing three people.
Many others have been reported wounded.
Also, reports have it that an unspecified number of protesters were shot dead by armed policemen in Gombe State.
USBCNEWS could not independently verify these claims.