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Police Disperse Protesting Shiite Members

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The Nigeria Police yesterday dispersed some members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as Shiites group, who have gathered at Maitama, near the headquarters of the National Human Rights Commission, in continuation of their planned three-day protest/procession.

Their protest/procession was peaceful and orderly, but turned violent as they approached the Central Business District, when the police shot at them sporadically with teargas canisters, in an attempt to disperse them.

LEADERSHIP gathered that in the ensuing confusion, some members of the Shiites group sustained various degrees of injuries.

Meanwhile, one of the leaders of  the group, Abdullahi Muhammad has vowed that no amount of intimidation and attacks from security agencies would make them suspend the protest for the release of their spiritual leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El’ Zalzaky.

Muhammad stated that if government wants the protest to end, they should release their leader and other members of the group who are still being held in custody by the security agencies.

“We are not suspending the protest until they do the right thing. If they like let them continue to kill our members. If they have bullets to waste, we have the chest to collect the bullets.”



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