Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, INM a.k.a Shiites who took to the streets of Abuja again today to protest against the continued detention of their leader, El-Zakzaky, clashed with security operatives again.
This is third clash between Shiites and security operatives in 3 days, and it was gathered that they were in their numbers matching to the Central Business District of Abuja when they were stopped by men of the Nigeria Police, who fired gunshots and teargas to disperse them.
Recall that on Saturday which was the first day of the recent clash, troops from the Army Headquarters Garrison at Zuba, Gwagwalada Area Council of the FCT, reportedly gunned down six followers of the sect. The Army, however, claimed responsibility for three deaths.
Eyewitnesses alleged that since the clash, there has been heavy security presence in all the major entry points into the city, in an attempt to curb anarchy and loss of lives. It was further gathered that Soldiers and policemen manned public parks, the federal secretariat and other major government institutions.
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We reported that the Nigerian army issued a press statement on the continued clash. The statement reads;
“Troops of the Nigerian Army deployed on routine duty at Kugbo/ Karu bridge checkpoint of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were attacked by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) sect at about 3:00pm on 29th October 2018”.
“The sect in massive numbers forced their way into the troops checkpoint after over running the Police Force. The Police withrew back to own troops position to join efforts to repel them. They fired weapons at own troops, throwing bottle cannisters with fuel, large stones, catapults with dangerous objects and other dangerous items at troops causing bodily harm and stopping motorist movement, breaking their windscreen and causing heavy traffic”.
“However, Troops repelled the attack in conjunction with the Nigerian Police Force to stop the situation from further deteriorating.
Unfortunately, during the encounter 3 members of the sect were killed while 4 soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries and are being treated at a military medical facility”.
“Meanwhile, the situation has been brought under control and normalcy restored in the general area and there is free flow of traffic”.
“Members of the public living within Abuja and environs are enjoined to go about their normal activities without fear of molestation. The Nigerian Army will not deter in carrying out its constitutional roles and also safeguarding law abiding citizens”.