The Nigerian Police on Friday intercepted a truck containing weapons belonging to members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, in Kano.
Spokesman of the Kano State Police Command, Mr Magaji Majia, said the truck was coming from Potiskum in Yobe State and was heading to Zaria where the Shiites were marking the Arba’een ritual of the killing of Imam Hussain.
“You can see the weapons made up of cutlasses catapult, generators and other supplies and the truck full of clothes and flags of the movement,” he said, adding that the weapons are illegal and capable of killing its target on the spot.
“You can remember few days ago, members of this movement attacked and killed one police officer and injuring three others during their illegal procession. Since then, we embarked on investigation, including stop and search, to see if it is true they are carrying dangerous weapons, the results of such investigation led us to this discovery,” he told reporters.
However, the store keeper of the group maintained that he was not aware that weapons were among the supplies he was escorting to Zaria. The “weapons” were used to construct tents in an event of stop over during the course of their seven day trek to Zaria, he said.
“We don’t carry weapons. I am not aware the weapons are here but we use them to make tent and to protect women and children against intruders especially at night since we are all trekking”.