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The Nigeria police,  yesterday,  arrested 400 members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), other wise known as shiites with thirty-one bottles of petrol bomb and other dangerous weapons being ferried into FCT by their members to cause mayhem and attack innocent citizens including law enforcement agents deployed to protect lives and property.

Addressing newsman, FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma said, “It is also unfortunate that members of this group during a violent protest on October 30, 2018, without any provocation went on rampage and burnt down a Police Rapid Response Squad (RRS) patrol vehicle deployed at Ademola Adetokumbo Crescent.

He further explained  that “at about 1230 hours,  police operatives on stop and search duty along Tipper garage, Katampe intercepted and arrested one Mustapha Abdullahi,  20 years  old of Ungwan Gwari, Suleja with 18 bottles of petrol bombs carefully concealed in a travelling bag .To smuggle himself and the petrol bombs into the city, he disguised as a passenger and boarded a taxi with other unsuspecting passengers.

“He ran out of luck when the vigilant policemen on duty at the point upon reasonable suspicion intercepted the cab and conducted a search on the only bag in the car, which had in it the improvised bombs. Upon the discovery, the suspect was immediately arrested. Other exhibits recovered from the suspect include: two lighters and one dagger. The suspect will be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of investigation.

“Similarly, on the same date at about 1130hrs, police operatives on stop and search at Dakwa FCT-Niger Boundary arrested one Abdullahi Umar, 22 years of Gadan Karte, Illela LGA of Sokoto State with a bag containing 13 well packaged bottles of petrol bomb.

“During interrogation, the suspect confessed that he arrived Suleja from Sokoto state on Sunday to join other members of their sect for the protest. He also confessed that he was ferrying the petrol bomb to FCT to confront law enforcement agents.

One lighter was also recovered from the suspect. He will be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of investigation.”

“While reassuring FCT residents of adequate security, I want to also bring to your knowledge that a total of 400 members of the El-Zakzaky Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) who participated in the violent protest of today are currently being detained for discreet investigation; dangerous weapons were also recovered from them.

“Also arrested is their first aider one Salahuddeen Ahmad ‘M’ 23 yrs of Illela LGA of Sokoto State. The suspects will be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of investigation. “

LEADERSHIP reports that earlier, members of the IMN, again clashed with men of the Nigeria Police along the Ahmadu Bello Way axis, in the Central Business District, in Abuja.

The Shiite members who were observing their last day of the Arbaeen Symbolic Trek, were ordered to refrain from marching through the city centre in order not to cause traffic gridlock at the major roads in the city.



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