JUST IN; Again police, Shiite group clash in Abuja

JUST IN; Again police, Shiite group clash in Abuja

A Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations at the FCT Police Command, DCP Usman Umar was today shot by members of the El-Zakzakky Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

The group, also known as Shiites, began the protest at Nitel junction and marched towards the secretariat.

Properties of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Abuja were set ablaze on Monday as Shiites protesters occupy the central area in protest. Photo by Gbemiga OlamikaShiite Group clash with Police in Abuja-Shiite Group clash with Police in Abuja.

"The two burnt vehicles were the Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU), which is a life support ambulance and a multi-purpose Response Intervention Van (Rescue Tender)".


Premium Times quotes Amnesty International as issuing a statement saying it got a report that "six people were shot dead amid a reckless use of lethal force by the Nigerian police".

The Shiites are demanding the release of their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, who has been in detention for alleged murder since December 2015.Shiite Group clash with Police in Abuja. Curiously, after several courts of competent jurisdiction granted him bail, government has consistently disobeyed such orders as it has continued to keep him in detention.

El-Zakzaky was arrested in Zaria, Kaduna in 2015 after soldiers killed over 300 members of the sect for allegedly throwing stones at the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, an act declared by the Army to be an assassination attempt.

He said the president was also briefed on what he called "the fact" that the police had been able to curtail the excesses of the protesters and that everything was under control.

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