By Luminous Jannamike
ABUJA – Officers of the FCT Police Command, Monday, resumed clash with members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiites over agitations for the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who has been unlawfully detained for over two years.
Face off between Police and Members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (El-Zakzaky) in Abuja yesterday .Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan
The protesters, Monday afternoon, converged at the head office of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, with the remains of a member of the sect who died last Thursday at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Kano from gunshot injuries he sustained in the head during last week’s clash.
Vanguard gathered that their aim was to prevail on the Commission to receive the corpses for purposes of an independent autopsy and documentation.
However, as they were been addressed by the Acting-Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mrs. Oti Ovrawah, a team of security agents stormed the NHRC headquarters demanding that the protesters depart immediately.
Few minutes later, the security agents, citing “orders from above” began to teargas the protesters as well as officials of the Commission including the Executive Secretary.
In the ensuing fiasco, the security agents released live ammunition on the protesters leaving two persons feared killed and many others severely injured as members of the sect threw stones and other objects at the police water cannon vehicle deployed to disperse them.
The Secretary, Academic Forum of IMN, decried the use of force on the sect but maintained that they would not relent in agitating for El-Zakzaky’s release.
As at the time of filing this report, the Spokesman of the FCT Police Command, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, said that he had not gotten details of the incident.