Security personnel apprehend a member of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (a.k.a Shiites), whom they
chased from the Federal Secretariat to Olusegun Obasanjo Way, Central Area, during a protest which
turned violent 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.
It was gathered that about one hundred members of the group had gathered at
Hayin Danmani Junction along Nnamdi Azikiwe Byepass in Kaduna where they were to
proceed on the procession.
Members of the IMN came out at about 6 am, ostensibly to beat the police who had earlier
vowed to enforce the ban on public procession in Kaduna state.
However, halfway into the procession, it was gathered that a detachment of policemen
tried to disperse the gathering, leading to a clash between them and members of the group.
It was gathered that at the end of the encounter, three members of the group were
killed while about ten others sustained various degrees of injuries.
However, the spokesman of the Kaduna state police command, Yakubu Sabo said
no casualty was recorded as the police “dispersed the protesters professionally”.
He claimed that it has become the standard practice by members of the IMN to claim that
police killed their members even when such incidence did not take place.