More Than 115 Shiite Protesters Arrested in Abuja After Clash With Police
Barely 3 days after the police placed a ban on protests in Abuja, members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria stuck to their guns and decided to dare the law as several persons were wounded and property damaged following a clash between its protesting members and the police.
The protesters wielding cudgels and hurling stones at the police tried to force their way to the unity fountain in the central area of Abuja. Unconfirmed reports stated 2 people were killed.
The members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria had vowed to continue their protest until their leader, El-Zakzaky, is released. In an interview with TVC news, a representative of the group, Abdullahi Musa, said the group is ready to defy death threats in defense of their faith. He insists adherents of the movement, should be free to engage in the pursuit of their faith anyway they deem fit.
In response to the protest, 115 Shiite members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria ( IMN) have been arrested by the Police. DSP Anjuguri Manzah, said that the protesters had injured 22 policemen and destroyed government and police vehicles during the protest.
“Contrary to speculations from some sections of the media, no life was lost in the violent protest,” Mr Manzah said, adding that the police have commenced investigation.
The Shiites had organised the protest demanding the release of their leader Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky who was arrested by the authorities after a clash with the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff in December 2015.