Nigeria Army tweets Trump video to justify armed protest clampdown

AFP | Nigeria's army put the death toll at six but the Islamic Movement of Nigeria said 49 of its members had been killed

The army maintains that the protesters were armed, and claims that only six were killed.

The Nigerian army, part of a military criticized for rampant human rights abuses, used the words of President Donald Trump on Friday to justify its fatal shootings of rock-throwing protesters.

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Nigerian soldiers opened fire Monday on about 1,000 Islamic Shiite activists who had been blocking traffic in the capital of Abuja and throwing rocks at the heavily armed troops.

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Speaking to LEADERSHIP Sunday in Sokoto, state leader of IMN, Sheikh Sidi Manir, said they have been practicing their religion in Nigeria for over 40 years now without interference, hence, he wondered what is now their crime that the government is consistently against them.

However, an investigation by Amnesty International found the body count to have been much higher.

The incident has garnered a fury of responses towards both the Nigerian military and Trump from Nigerians and worldwide observers alike.

Last weekend and on Monday, security forces sprayed bullets and tear gas at supporters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria as the group marched on the outskirts of Abuja. As of Friday morning, the northernmost caravan was in the southwestern Mexican city Matias Romero - still weeks away from the US border, according to PolitiFact.

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The army's official Twitter account posted a video, "Please Watch and Make Your Deductions", showing Mr. Trump's speech on Thursday in which he said rocks would be considered firearms if thrown toward the American military at the nation's borders.

The army deleted the post hours later without explanation after it had caused an uproar on social media.

"Video footage and eyewitness testimonies consistently show that the Nigerian military dispersed peaceful gatherings by firing live ammunition without warning, in clear violation of Nigerian and global law", Osai Ojigho, executive director of Amnesty worldwide Nigeria, said in a statement Wednesday. "I told them, consider it a rifle".

"What did the biblical David use to kill Goliath?" "This violent crackdown on IMN protesters is unjustified and unacceptable".

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In its own version of the report, TheCable quotes the Nigerian Army as saying: "They (the Shiites) fired weapons at own troops, throwing bottle canisters with fuel, large stones, catapults with risky objects and other unsafe items at troops causing bodily harm and stopping motorist movement, breaking their windscreen and causing heavy traffic". No president should be embracing the horrific use of excessive force.

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