Report reaching NAIJ.com indicate that there is panic among Abuja residents as police officers clashed again with suspected Shiites on Tuesday, April 17.
According to Premium Times, residents reported police vehicles chasing the protesters who threw stones and other objects at them.
At the time of filing this report, details are still sketchy. Most of the violence occurred close to the Wuse market area of the capital. However, traders at the market said there is calm inside.
There are reports that teargas has been used to disperse the protesters, causing panic among road users.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that protesters were forcefully dispersed by the police in Abuja after members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) clashed with the police.
The incident which occurred at the Unity Fountain, beside Transcorp hotel, in Abuja, saw police firing tear gas on the protesters who are believed to be Shiites demanding the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky who has been detained without trial for over two years.
Recall that the leader of the sect, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, was arrested by the authorities after a clash with the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff in December 2015. He has been in detention ever since.
The police command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Monday, April 16, said it arrested 115 members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria ( IMN) during a violent protest in Abuja.
The police also debunked stories in the social media that some lives were lost. “No life was lost in the violent protest as the police operatives deployed to quell the protest were professional in handling the situation,” police spokesman, DSP Anjuguri Manzah said.
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