Sixty members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), know as Shiite, have been reported to have arrested by Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command during violent protest over detention of the group’s leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, in the territory.
As gathered, the group defied warning from police that members of the movement should not staged violent protest in demand for release of their leader who was been under detention since 2016.
The command spokesman, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, who confirmed the arrest, disclosed that two personnel of the office were severely injured during the protest, aside property that were destroyed by the group members.
Speaking during his visit Garki Hospital were the policemen were under taken treatment on Tuesday, Manzah identified SP Linus Ogah and Insp. Mary Ameh, as two offcers who sustained injuries durong the protest.
He said that both of them were recuperating and that bullet was removed from Ameh’ hand, adding that, the protesters also destroyed some police operational vehicles.
“During the Monday protest, members of IMN or otherwise known as Shiites engaged police and haul stones at police personnel deployed to disperse them.
“They also smashed some vehicle glasses parked around the Federal Secretariat,” he said.
On April 16, the police had arrested 115 members of the sect when they embarked on a similar violent protest to demand that their leader be freed.
Manzah, who said that though citizens had right to protest, advised that they should do that in a “civil manner’’ and not disturb public peace.
He said that the command had taken proactive measures to check violent protest in the territory.