One Killed As Police Chased Away IMN Members In Abuja

IMN Members Protest
Pic. 11. Security personnel evacuate a victim of the violent protest by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (a.k.a Shiites) in Abuja on Monday (22/7/19). The Shiites are demanding the release of their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, who has been in detention for alleged murder since Dec. 2015. 04771/22/7/2019/Hogan Bassey/BJO/NAN

Stray bullets from officers of the Nigerian Police have reportedly killed an unidentified person on Tuesday while attempting to chase away IMN protesters.

9jatoday learnt that officers of the Nigerian police allegedly fired gunshots and tear gas canisters send away protesters belonging to the popular Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), who staged a fresh protest at the Berger area of Wuse, Abuja, on Tuesday.

A statement from eyewitnesses confirms that the victim, who was a passerby, was allegedly hit by a bullet, a tragedy that scared away nervous commuters who ran for their lives.

The Islamic group, popularly known as Shi’ites was said to have started the protest in the Utako area of the city, and ended abruptly after the incident.

The remains of the victim were subsequently taken away by the police in one of their vans.

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9jatoday recalls also that barely a week ago, some of the Shiites members were injured while protesting, seeking the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat, who are in prison custody in Kaduna.

The Nigerian policemen chased them away by gunshots and tear gas canisters, and in the process, many got injured.

The spokesman for the Federal Capital Territory Police Command, DCP Anjuguri Manzah, in a statement, confirmed that the protest recorded one casualty.

The statement disclosed that the command restored calm at the Berger roundabout following a violent protest by the IMN members “who went berserk and were attacking innocent citizens and police operatives with dangerous weapons.”

If further explained that “As a result of the unfortunate incident, one person who sustained an injury and was rushed to the hospital for medical attention has been certified dead by medical doctors on duty.

“Meanwhile, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, has ordered a full-scale investigation into the unfortunate incident.”

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