One feared killed, many injured as Shi’ites, Police clash in Abuja

One feared killed, many injured as Shi’ites, Police clash in Abuja
Charles Nwoke, Abuja, Nigeria.
March 30, 2021

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A yet-to-be-identified man was reportedly killed and many wounded during a crisis that broke up between members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, popularly known as Shi’ites, and men of the Nigeria Police Force in Abuja.

Abdullahi Musa, Secretary of Islamic Movement in Nigeria’s Academic Forum, confirmed the ugly incident yesterday in Abuja when he addressed newsmen.

The IMN secretary alleged that the security agency used tear gas canisters and live bullets on members of the sect, who were protesting in front of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, head office, Abuja, in a bid to scatter them.

He said the demonstration march to NHRC was in commemoration of the 70th birthday of their detained leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and to demand his unconditional release from government custody where he has been held captive for quite a long time now.

“One person was killed and many were injured because we were canvassing the unconditional release of our leader, who marks his 70th birthday today (Monday). And what happened has also confirmed that Sheikh El-Zakzaky is the most oppressed religious leader in the country because they (security personnel) have been attacking us unprovoked.

“It is very unfortunate but we are a law-abiding group and we have refused to take up arms to drive home our demand for Sheikh El-Zakzaky’s release. It was the security agencies that first attacked us upon our arrival at the NHRC headquarters along Aguiyi Ironsi Way.

“However, we have appealed to our members and supporters to remain calm even in the face of this provocation and asked them not to take laws into their own hands,” he said.

The FCT Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Maryam Yusuf, was not on the ground to attend to questions about the incident as every effort to contact him proved abortive.