By Stanley Onyekwere
No fewer than four members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as the Shiites allegedly sustained varying gunshot injuries during their clash with the Police, in the Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
In particular, it was gathered that trouble started when their public procession through the Berger area, connecting Utako and Wuse axis of Abuja was disrupted by the security operatives.
It was learnt that members of the sect were marching through the city in Tuesday evening protesting against the continued incarceration of their spiritual leader,Sheik Ibrahim Elzakzaky and his wife since December 2015.
However, live bullets and several cannisters of tear gas boomerang, when the police tried to deter the members of the sect during Tuesday’s clash.
The clashes occurred during the afternoon rush hour. In the heat of the bedlam, many pedestrians and commuters dispersed in different direction as Police chased the protesters.
IMN spokesman, Ibrahim Musa confirmed the incident in a chat last night.
He accused the police of provoking the violence by disrupting a peaceful protest.He also also insisted that it was the constitutional right of the Shiites to assemble in the public.
Recall that ysterday’s clash marked the second time that the Police and the Shitte group will be clashing this year.
Also, the religious sect confronted the security agents last week in Abuja, when they protested against the United States for carrying out the assassination of a top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in an airstrike in Baghdad, Iraq.