Shiites Abuja Protest - One Feared Killed, Dozens Injured, Many Arrested

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Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), has been in government custody since troops and his supporters clashed in the city of Zaria in December 2015.

According to a report by AhlulBayt News Agency, the protests are expected to simultaneously hold in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa among other places.

The members, who were said to have mobilized themselves earlier to continue their daily sit out at the Unity Fountain, Maitama, were demobilized by fierce looking mobile police officer before they regrouped and move to Aguiyi-Irosi Street where they vandalized properties and four cars parked by the roadside.

The development was after the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command had cordoned off the whole area last Friday with crime scene tape banning all manner of protest from taking place.

It revealed that 22 officers were injured adding that they recovered catapults, iron bars, stones, ball bearings and pink head bands from suspects.

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"This was a needless resort to violence by the Nigeria police against a group of unarmed protestors".

When contacted, the Abuja police spokesperson, Manzah Anjuguri, said the police would soon release a statement on the incident. "Many of them have injuries consequent on the police aggression". The IMN members gathered in Abuja were perfectly within their rights in demanding the release of their leader from a detention described by a federal court as both unlawful and unconstitutional.

His words: "What happened today (yesterday) in Abuja was purely a show of shame by the Police, who are hell bent on forcibly stopping our legitimate campaign for government to obey the orders of its courts by freeing Sheikh El-Zakzaky".

Witnesses told the Tribune Online that the protesters dared the security operatives and were not dissuaded by the tear gas and hot water being used by the police against them.