SHIITES ABUJA PROTEST: 22 Police Officers Injured, 100+ Suspects Arrested
There was confusion in some parts of Nigeria's federal capital on Monday when some suspected members of the El-Zakzaky’s Islamic Movement of Nigeria had thronged the streets of Maitama.
There was significant break down of law and order as several pedestrians were harassed with businesses forced to closed their doors.
An official account of what happened has been published by police authorities.
Public Relations Officer of the FCT Police, Anjuguri Manzah said over a dozen police officers were injured in the incident.
"The FCT Police Command restored normalcy at parts of Maitama following a violent protest by members ofthe El-Zakzaky Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN)who went on rampage on Monday, 16thApril, 2018 and were attacking innocent citizens, disrupting business activities, obstructing traffic movement and smashing windscreen of innocent citizens’ vehicles in the affected areas.
"Following the unfortunate incident which also resulted in the destruction of some government and Police operational vehicles, the members of the Shiite group also injured twenty-two (22) police personnel during the protest.
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"One hundred and fifteen (115) members of the sect were arrested at the scene by Police operatives. Joint Team of detectives from the Command in conjunction with operatives from the IGP Monitoring Unit have commenced investigation into the incident.
The arrested suspects will be charged to court upon conclusion of investigation."
In addition, Manzah denied claims that some civilians were killed during the demonstration.
Parents and guardians in the FCT have been advised to keep their wards away from bad gangs persuading them to disrupt law and order.
The Shiites began gathering around parts of the FCT on Saturday in what appeared to be peaceful protest in countinuation of their demand for the immediate release of their leader, El-Zakzaky.
The IMN leader and his wife have remained in detention since 2015 despite court orders directing that they be freed.
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