On Tuesday, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) experienced another clash between the Police Force and the religious extremist group called ’Shiites’.
It was alleged that a passerby was shot dead by a stray bullet as policemen fired gunshots and canisters to disperse the protesting members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) in Abuja.
The victim was reportedly hit in the head at around Berger Roundabout, Wuse, Abuja, during the protest and he died on the spot. Another person was also said to have sustained a gunshot wound to the leg.
According to sources, the protesters were marching from Utako to Wuse to protest the continued detention of their supreme religious leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat El-Zakzaky.
One of the protesters told newsmen,
“You know they (police) shoot sporadically and fire tear gas each time they come to stop us.”
The spokesman of the FCT Police Command, Anjuguri Manzah, issued a statement to the newsmen, confirming the incident. He, however, noted that the Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, has already ordered the police force to begin investigations into it.
He also disclosed that the police were forced to use firearms because the Shiites members were assaulting innocent citizens and police operatives with dangerous weapons.