Shiites Protest: Buhari Condoles Police, Channels

SAN FRANCISCO, July 23, (THEWILL) – President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the clash between Shiite protesters and officers of the Nigerian Police Force in Abuja and commiserated with the families of the casualties.

THEWILL recalls that members of the Shiite’s Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) on Monday in Abuja protested the continued detention of its leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

The demonstration, however, ended with casualties, including the death of a deputy police commissioner and a Channels TV journalist, Precious Owolabi.

Reacting on his verified Twitter handle on Tuesday, @MBuhari, the President wrote:

“I most deeply commiserate with the families of Precious Owolabi, an NYSC member with Channels TV, and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Usman Umar, of the FCT Police Command, who died during the violent protest by members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) in Abuja yesterday.

“Condolences also to the management and staff of Channels TV, and the Police leadership, over the sad and regrettable loss. We salute their commitment to remaining steadfast and dedicated to their professional callings, even in this time of grief.

“I want to reassure residents of Abuja in particular and the country in general to go about their lawful activities without fear. The leadership of our security and law enforcement agencies are taking action to safeguard the nation against such mindless attacks.

“Let nobody or group doubt or test our will to act in the higher interest of majority of our citizens.

“May the Almighty God grant rest to the souls of the departed and speedy recovery to the injured.”