The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, was rocked by angry protesters consisting of members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria [IMN] on Monday afternoon. The group, popularly known as Shiites, began protest two weeks ago at the House of Assembly complex over the arrest of their leader, Ibraheem El Zakzaky.
They took their protest to Nitel junction, marching down to secretariat and burning down government vehicles along the way.
Two protesters were killed and two police officers were injured in the clash. However, the Special Assistant to the President on Publicity and Media, Mallam Garba Shehu, has insisted that the case is no longer in the jurisdiction of the federal government, clearing the rumours that the president, Muhammadu Buhari, is violating court orders in the apprehension of the Shiite leader.
Meanwhile, a top member of the IMN, Ibrahim Musa, spoke to journalists at the scene of the protest, warning the government that they would not stop the protest until their leader is released.
"This shows that the government is oppressing its citizens. And you do not expect me to cross my legs and allow President Muhammadu Buhari to kill my leader.
“The protest will continue, and if they do not want to see us on the street, government should free our leader. If they want to kill, they should go ahead and kill. We are ready to die for our leader. Failure to free our leader, the government should get ready to kill more of us,” Musa warned.