Abuja policemen dispersed protesting members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also known as the Shi'ites, with gunshots in the Federal Capital Territory.
According to reports, the protest began at Sultan Abubakar Way, Abuja, at exactly 1:51 pm on Friday. The angry protesters emerged in large numbers with two flags, one red and the other black.
They marched into the protest arena chanting: “Labaika yah Hussein. Free El-Zakzaky”, translated to mean, “Welcome you Hussein. Free El-Zakzaky.”
The Hussein in reference is one of the grandsons of Prophet Muhammad, the most revered Muslim Imam. Hussein is seen by the Shi’ites as their third Imam and El-Zakzaky is regarded as their Hussein.
The police officers were reported to have shot sporadically into the air and used tear gas to disperse the protesters.
It did not take long before the angry convoy of protesters joined other Muslims returning from Friday Jumu'ah prayer and went on their way.
The police followed the protesters down to Wuse market to ensure that they had indeed dispersed.