Three Shi’ite members reportedly sustained injuries on Tuesday when policemen allegedly fired gunshots and tear gas canisters to disperse a protest by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria at the Berger junction in Abuja.
It is not clear whether the victims were injured by bullets or other projectiles.
The IMN members were on a protest against the continued detention of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, when the policemen fired gunshots and noxious gas in the air.
Eye witness say the injured Shi’ite members were quickly taken to an undisclosed hospital for treatment, adding that the “incident was like a movie show.”
The IMN spokesman, Ibrahim Musa who confirmed the incidence, noted that he received reports that two sect members were shot by policemen.
He condemned the attack, insisting that the IMN members had the right to engage in peaceful assembly.
Shi’ites have clashed with security men several times in the past year resulting in the arrest and prosecution of many IMN members.
Newsannexonline recalls that a protest and the resultant clash led to the death of a senior police officer, DCP Usman Umar and a youth corps member, Precious Owolabi, at the Central Business District on July 22, 2019.