Members of the Islamic movement of Nigeria also called Shiites stormed the National Assembly yesterday in protest of their detained leader El-Zakzaky and shot two policemen. They also burnt three vehicles and destroyed many others.
Major Nigerian Newspapers have more on this story:
Punch Newspaper: Shi’ites attack National Assembly, shoot policemen, force Reps to adjourn
Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, popularly known as Shi’ites, on Tuesday invaded the National Assembly and shot two policemen.
The sect members, who were protesting the continued incarceration of their leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky, that had been in detention since December, 2015, also attacked six other policemen at the National Assembly with stones and clubs.
One of our correspondents learnt that the Shiite members overpowered the policemen at the gate of the National Assembly, collected one of their guns and shot the two security operatives. They entered the main entrance popularly known as MOPOL gate and vandalised the gate house. They also burnt three vehicles and destroyed many others.
The sect unleashed terror on security operatives when tear-gas canisters were thrown to disperse them. There were fears among the National Assembly staff on Tuesday that one of the policemen, who were shot, had died. But when contacted, the Federal Capital Territory Police spokesman, Anjuguri Manzah, said no policeman died during the clash with the IMN members, He said, “We don’t have any casualty, no policeman died. Why would we hide such a thing? There was no casualty.”
He also denied that the IMN members seized a gun from a policeman. He said, “No police gun is missing, we have no record that the Shiite members snatched guns from our men.” During the protest by the Shiites, there was pandemonium at the National Assembly as its gates were closed. Staff and visitors ran for dear lives during the clash between the sect and the police. Visitors to the federal parliament were barred from entering the premises as of the time of filing this report.
Guardian Newspaper: Three killed as Shiites, police clash again over El-Zakzaky
Some members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) again clashed with security agencies yesterday over the continued detention of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. The Shiites leader has remained incarcerated despite several court rulings ordering the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to release him.
Hundreds of the sect members stormed the National Assembly complex in Abuja at about 1:00 p.m. and engaged security operatives in a fierce confrontation. Having overpowered the personnel at the first gate, the protesters marched to the second gate in a bloody climax that claimed the life of a policeman and two sect members.
Some of the protesters allegedly snatched a gun from a policeman and opened fire. Security men were also said to have shot at the protesters. Images have emerged of a bloodied youth being rushed away from the scene. Also, a young lady said to have been shot in the chest, was seen writhing in pain. Members of the sect have reportedly vowed the protest will continue today, and until their leader is freed.
The police issued a statement saying they foiled an attempt by IMN members to invade the legislative complex. The Spokesman of the FCT command, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, said the group, which initially veiled the march as a peaceful protest, became violent and tried to force its way into the complex. He said his men acted proactively, professionally, and deployed minimum force in dispersing the protesters.
Manzah said: “Forty members of the sect have been arrested in connection with the violent protest. An investigation is in progress. In view of the foregoing, the command wishes to state unequivocally that while it recognises and respects the right of citizens to peaceful procession, an attempt by any individual or group of persons to cause the breakdown of law and order will not be tolerated. Those arrested in the process will be dealt with in accordance with the appropriate law of the land. “Members of the public are enjoined to go on with their lawful activities as normalcy has been restored and adequate security measures have been emplaced by the command to forestall any security breach.”
The protest might have been informed by the latest appeal by the sect on the health condition of its leader.
Sun Newspaper: Sheikh el-zakzaky’s trial: Shi’ites’ protest at NASS turns bloody
Supporters of detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as the Shi’ites, Ibrahim Yaqoub El-Zakzaky, yesterday forced their way into the National Assembly (NASS) complex and engaged security agents in a fight.
A policeman, who was shot by supporters of El-Zakzaky died hours later. He died few hours after he was moved out of the NASS clinic where he was initially rushed to for immediate treatment.
Another policeman, who sustained gunshot injuries too, is receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Abuja. An unnamed protester was also reportedly shot dead by security agents attached to the National Assembly.
According to witnesses, trouble started when the hundreds of supporters staged a protest at the NASS. They were in the complex to protest the continuous detention of their leader held by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).
They made an attempt to enter the NASS complex, but were resisted by a joint team of security agents who were on guard. Witnesses said the security agents were overpowered by the protesters who succeeded in pulling down the first gate leading to the complex.
In an attempt to disperse the crowd, protesters were teargassed by security agents. While scampering for safety, some of them sustained minor injuries. Angered by the pushback, the protesters launched a reprisal and reportedly snatched a gun from one of the security agents.
One of the policemen was reportedly shot in the head. He was rushed to the NASS clinic.