Eleven people lost their lives after Shiites members were attacked by youths during a procession Katsina, Kaduna and Sokoto.
In Katsina State five people were killed while four died in Kaduna with an additional two people losing their lives in Sokoto with several vehicles were burnt during the incident on Wednesday.
The mob demolished the Shiite’s Islamic school in the area, irate youths in Tudun Wada community of Kaduna South Local Government Area attacked and killed four suspected members of the Shi’a sect, and torched the residence of their group’s leader.
This is coming at a time when the security forces have clampdown on the activities of the group and banned them from embarking on their planned annual procession.
“It’s the police that ordered the youths to attack us and to destroy our buildings,” one Shiite leader. “We shall address a press conference to give account of our encounter later,” he said.
The local BBC Hausa service reported that the people were killed when army and police intervened to block an annual Shia procession on the day of Ashura, which commemorates the death of Husayn ibn Ali, who is believed to be the grandson of Prophet Muhammad.
Witnesses told BBC Hausa that shots were fired and people counted at least eight bodies. Kastina and other states have banned Shia processions in the Sunni Muslim-majority north, where Shia Muslims also live.
Earlier in October, the Kaduna State Government declared the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) unlawful.
Nigeria has come under fire for alleged violence used to quell Shia protests in the north of the country after IMN leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky and dozens of members of the movement were arrested earlier this year.