AI slams police for attacking Shi'ite protesters

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GeneralFree Zakzaky IGP CP deny detained protesters food- IMNBy Kamardeen Ismail | Publish Date Apr 17 2018 5:06PM

Not less than 115 members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Shiites, were arrested and taken to custody following Monday's protests in Abuja.

The group is now in a clash with personnel of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) police command, as they prevent the group from continuing a planned protest round the city.

"We have stepped up the campaign in Abuja since the last 100 days (and it is noteworthy that it had been peaceful) with daily sit-outs at the Unity Fountain and processions".

Police operatives and protesting members of the Shiite movement on Monday clashed on Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja.

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Police did not immediately comment on Tuesday's protests.

He alleged that the police opened fire on them, injuring numerous protesters.

The group leader has been in government detention for over two years following a clash between the sect and the Nigerian Army in Kaduna.

The police had on Friday banned any demonstration at the park, an order that has been condemned by rights activists as autocratic and illegal.

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The Shiites spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa, told PREMIUM TIMES that one of the protesters was killed, over 30 injured and about 200 arrested by the police.

A police truck and a number of police cars blaring sirens unsuccessfully attempted to break the rank of the protesters who threw more stones while the police sprayed them with water.Apparently frustrated by the resilience of the protesters, the police allegedly deployed more force which led to the casualties. The arrested suspects will be charged to the court upon the conclusion of the investigation.

He said the IMN supporters "went on the rampage", attacking innocent citizens, disrupting business activities, obstructing traffic and destroying government and police vehicles.

He said the security agents started the chaos by firing at unarmed protesters, adding "We have confirmed massive arrests of persons as well thereafter, numbering about 230".

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