- A policeman has been killed by Shiite protesters in Abuja according to the FCT police command
- A spokesperson of the command said in a statement that the deceased was brutally stabbed to death
- The statement, however, revealed that 49 members of the Islamic group were arrested by the police during the fracas
The Federal Capital Territory, FCT, police command on Friday, May 7 announced that a policeman was killed during a protest by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiites in Abuja.
The information was made known to members of the public via a statement issued by the spokesperson of the command, ASP Mariam Yusuf, and seen by Legit.ng.
According to the statement, 49 members of the group were also arrested during the protest and would be arraigned in court soon.
The statement accused the Shiites of destroying public property and attacking innocent citizens including police officers using dangerous weapons such as cutlasses, sharp knives, among other dangerous weapons.
It further read:
“Sadly, one of the police officers, ASP Adama Ezekiel, deployed to restore calm during the violent protest paid the supreme price as a result of the brutal attack where he was stabbed by one of the irate protesters.”
Recall that last year, one passerby in Abuja was killed by operatives of the Nigeria Police Force while shots were fired at members of the IMN.
The incident happened around the popular Berger area, close to Wuse in the Nigerian capital during a procession by the Shiites, which started around Utako.
Around the same period, members of the IMN led a procession against the United States government over the killing of Iran’s military chief, Qassem Soleimani.
The Shi’ites burnt American flags, chanted hate songs and slogans as they marched the streets of the Nigerian capital.
Meanwhile, a group, Coalition for Truth and Justice has described the IMN as a terrorist group.
The coalition also called on the United States and the United Nations to call IMN members in Nigeria to order.
A statement by the national coordinator of the coalition, Timothy Charles, said the call became necessary following the frequent clashes between the Nigeria Police Force and IMN members.