BEVERLY HILLS, April 17, (THEWILL) – The FCT Police Command has stated that no life was lost in Monday’s protests in Abuja by members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN).
THEWILL recalls that the Shiites took to the streets in Abuja on Monday morning to demand release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, whom the Federal Government has kept in custody for over two years, without trial and despite court orders for his release.
Leaders of IMN said over 200 of their members were arrested during the protest while it was reported that a protester was killed by the police.
However, the police gave a lesser figure in their account of the incident saying only 115 protesters were taken into custody following.
It revealed that 22 officers were injured adding that they recovered catapults, iron bars, stones, ball bearings and pink head bands from suspects.
“One hundred and fifteen (115) members of the sect were arrested at the scene by police operatives,” Abuja police spokesperson, Anjuguri Manzah, said in a statement.
“Contrary to speculations from some sections of the media, no life was lost in the violent protest,” Mr Manzah said, adding that the police have commenced investigation.
“Joint team of detectives from the command and operatives from the IGP Monitoring Unit have commenced investigation into the incident.
“The arrested suspects will be charged to court upon the conclusion of investigation.”