The police on Monday dispersed protesting members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, otherwise called Shi’ites, with tear gas as they attempted to force their way into the National Assembly complex in Abuja.
Members of the group, who have been campaigning the release of their leader, Shiekh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, detained since 2015, were on Monday chased away with a few of the protesters were arrested.
A police reinforcement, supported by the Civil Defence, later fired tear gas at the protesters and chased fleeing demonstrators into the neighbouring federal secretariat as they gasped for air.
The police also fired gunshots in the air as the chase headed towards the national mosque, causing fear and pandemonium as people scampered for safety. A bloodied youth were later seen being taken away by a police team at Zone 3, Wuse.
Recall that a clash had yesterday occurred between men of the Kaduna Police Command and IMN members in Kaduna, which left three persons injured.
The incident occurred when the police attempted to disperse members of the Islamic Movement In Nigeria, who were protesting and demanding the release of their leader, El Zakzaky.
An eyewitness was reportedly quoted as saying that the “Free El-Zakzaky Protesters” blocked the popular Ahmadu Bello Way/Kano Road in the Kaduna state capital on Sunday evening, prompting the police to disperse them.