Abuja - The Inspector-General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, on Tuesday justified the killing of some Shiites members by policemen in Kano on Monday, Punch reports.
Ibrahim spoke with State House correspondents shortly after attending the inauguration of the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem and Appeal Fund at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
About 15 Shiite members and one policeman were said to have lost their lives during the clash between the members of the sect and the police.
The clash was also said to have left no fewer than four policemen and 10 Shiite members injured.
When asked why policemen would resort to killing people while quelling protests, Ibrahim said his men were confronted by protesters who were armed to the teeth.
He said rather than condemning the police action, Nigerians should sympathise with the policemen who were killed by those he described as miscreants.
Ibrahim added that policemen had the responsibility to ensure that no organisation or individual constituted themselves into a government and blocked roads and buildings.
News24 previously reported the clash between the Islamic Movement of Nigeria otherwise known as Shiites and the police which occurred on Monday morning according to News24.
The clash started around Tamburawa, on the outskirts of Kano city, when the police tried to stop a Shiite protest.
Over a dozen people including a police officer were killed from the violent clash.
- News 24