JUST IN: Police shoot teenager, arrest two journalists at Shiites protest in Abuja

JUST IN: Police shoot teenager, arrest two journalists at Shiites protest in Abuja

The Cable is reporting that a secondary school student was shot on Wednesday, November 27 by men of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the report, the policemen were dispersing protesting members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria also known as Shittes in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, when the incident occured.

The policemen were said to have opened fire on the Shiites members around Wuse market when the stray bullet hit the teenager.

The girl was returning from Government Secondary School, Wuse.

A witness quoted in the report said a policeman identified as Geoffrey A. Rafah was the one who mistakenly shot the victim.

Two journalists, who were covering the incident were also arrested. One of the arrested reporters is Afolabi Sotunde of Reuters.

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On Facebook, Channels TV photojournalist, Sodiq Adelakun, confirmed Sotunde's arrest.

“Nigeria police has arrested Reuters Photographer Folabi Sotunde while taking pictures of Shiites protesting at Wuse 2, Abuja this afternoon.

“He was whisked alongside his videographer to an unknown destination. He made a distress call to me at exactly 2:45pm today November 27th, 2019.

“I tried reaching him immediately before he sent another distress message that I should broadcast his arrest. His line is not reachable as we speak,’’ Adelakun wrote on his Facebook wall.

IMN members have been protesting over the detention of Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, their leader, who has been in detention since 2015.

On Friday, October 18, policemen clashed with members of the IMN in Kebbi state.

The sect members had hoisted one red and black flags while chanting songs to express their grievance over the continued detention of their leader.

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