BLOODY MONDAY!!! Great Tension In Abuja As Nigerian Police Allegedly Fires Live Bullets On Protesting Shiite Members, Leaving Many Dead

By Amako Nneji April 16, 2018 14:54

BLOODY MONDAY!!! Great Tension In Abuja As Nigerian Police Allegedly Fires Live Bullets On Protesting Shiite Members, Leaving Many Dead

There is palpable fear and tension in Abuja, as the Nigerian Police and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, clashed during their peaceful sit-out protest at the Unity Fountain, leading to the arrest of some the members of the group.

The bloody clash occurred at the Unity Fountain, where the group is holding its daily sit-out, to demand for the release of its Leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, who has been in the custody of Department of State Security Service, DSS, since December 2015.

The Police Anti-Riot Squad, forcefully dispersed the IMN members who were seen scampering for their safety, while scores of others were feared to have been killed by Police’s sporadic gunshots and tear gas.

According to an eyewitness who identified himself as Ali Musa, the Police fired live bullets and teargas canisters at the protesters at close range, injuring and killing many of them.

He narrated that the Police descended on the group, beating them to a pulp, while many scurried for safety.

The situation was said to have been compounded when members of the group in retaliation, launched an attack at the Police, by hurling stones at the water cannon vehicle and Police Officers at sight.

The road leading to Transcorp Hilton Hotel, was been blocked, as at the time of this report, while the protesters pushed towards the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, building, in Maitama.

Several vehicles parked along the roadside were vandalised, while others had their glasses smashed. The Army and armed Mobile Policemen, have been drafted to curtail the civil unrest.

The security operatives have launched a manhunt for the fleeing protesters, who are still hiding within the city.

 

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