The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) remains defiant despite the government forces violently dispersing a gathering held in Abuja to demand the release of detained leader, Ibrahim El Zakzaky.

He, his wife Hajia Zeenah Ibrahim and scores of other IMN members are in detetion despite court orders to release them.

On Tuesday, members of the Nigerian Police Force and State Security Services (SSS) interrupted the IMN gathering using water cannons, dogs and teargas.

“They also occasionally fired live bullets into the air,” IMN officials alleged.

Deji Adeyanju, the Convener and Dr John Danfulani, Secretary of the Concerned Nigerians, sympathetic to the IMN made the statement.

“This violent interruption is reprehensible, condemnable and constitutes a violation of our rights to lawful assembly as enshrined in the 1999 constitution.” read the statement.

The officials said until the interruption, people who attended the gathering had conducted themselves “impeccably, lawfully and peacefully.”

“We are not deterred by these illegal & unconstitutional actions by a government that understands violence and force as its only dispute resolution mechanism. Indeed, everything looks like a nail to a government who only possesses a hammer.”

They reiterated demands for the release of the IMN leader and members arrested during the clash with the Army in Kaduna State in December 2015.