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Senior Police Officer Killed During Shiite, Police Clash

Bernard Femi

A top police officer, Umar Bele, on Monday was killed during the face-off between the police and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, in Abuja.

According to reports, Bele was the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations and former Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to former Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris.

However, officers of the Abuja Police Command are yet to officially release a statement or speak about the death of one of their own.

This is the third time in five days that the Shiite group will clash with security operatives.

The aggrieved protesters said they were having a peaceful rally and were marching unarmed to the federal secretariat before the police opened fire on them.

“Which clash? There was no clash between us and anybody. It was a peaceful protest. Until these security officers just came and started shooting and attacking us,” Mohammed, one of the protesters, said.

The protest turned violent, as some persons were shot and a vehicle was set ablaze on the road opposite the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Police officers summoned firefighters to the scene, as roads leading to the Villa, National Assembly, and Police Force Headquarters were cordoned by the military and other security agencies.

The Shiites staged the protest to demand the release of their leader, El-Zakzaki, who has been in detention since 2015.