Clash between police, Shi’ites in Abuja leaves 5 injured

Clash between police, Shi’ites in Abuja leaves 5 injured

- Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) reportedly got some of their members injured in a confrontation with law enforcement agents in Abuja

- The sect members are demanding freedom for their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

- The police is yet to release an official statement on the alleged incident

A confrontation by some protesting members of the outlawed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), popularly called Shi'ites, with men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPC) in Abuja has left at least five people injured. understands that the members of the Islamic sect took to the streets of Nigeria's capital city demanding for the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

The Nation reports that the incident happened on Tuesday, January 14, while the Shi'ite members were marching through a part of Abuja.

El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, have been detention in Kaduna state for some years.

The report quoted Ibrahim Yahaya, a member of the group as confirming the clash and disclosing that five of his colleagues were killed.

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The police is yet to speak on the incident at the time of this report. had reported how Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna recently disclosed that he is not ready to free El-Zakzaky from detention.

The governor had explained that his decision comes as a result of the troubles brought by the sect leader and his supporters on the people of the state for over 30 years before his arrest.

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The governor made the comment during a live radio interview monitored by Daily Trust on Friday, January 11, explaining that the fate of the IMN leader does not lie with his government but with the courts. ( - We have upgraded to serve you better.

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