Six People Have Been Killed In Abuja As Shiites Clash With The Army And Police
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Six People Have Been Killed In Abuja As Shiites Clash With The Army And Police


By Gabriel Adejo



A united team of security operatives allegedly attacked members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shi’ites, during their yearly symbolic journey down the Kubwa expressway in Abuja yesterday, killing six people and injuring many more.

This comes after a joint security operatives detained 57 members of the IMN yesterday for activities that the police described as causing undue hardship to motorists and other road users, as well as those going about their lawful business.

Gunshots by security agents filled the air along the Kubwa Expressway in Abuja, causing panic in Gwarinpa Estate and its vicinity, according to reports.

“The incident occurred at the Gwarimpa gate near Galadima. The gun-wielding security agents arrived at the scene, threw the trekking shi’ite members into confusion and all of us scampered for safety.

“It was like a battlefield; people were running about to save their heads and the sound of gunshots were horrible. I was told that two people were shot at a new generation bank inside the estate,” he said.

Abdullahi Musa, the secretary of the IMN’s Academic Forum, verified the occurrence when reached.

“All they’re doing is shooting people. Six people have been killed as I speak with you. He added, “They even took some dead bodies away.”

Musa reported that throughout the procedure, security agents took away some dead bodies.

Members of the sect gathered yesterday morning to continue their parade to commemorate the 40th day after the death of Imam Hussein, Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, who was assassinated on the 10th of Muharram.

While chanting songs, the demonstrators raised two flags, one red and the other black.

57 members of the IMN were arrested yesterday by a combined security force for conduct that caused undue difficulty to vehicles and other road users, as well as individuals going about their lawful business.

Petrol bombs, guns, and bags of stones were recovered, according to FCT Police PRO DSP Adeh Josephine, who verified the arrest.

Petrol bombs, guns, and bags of stones were recovered, according to FCT Police PRO DSP Adeh Josephine, who verified the arrest.

“In a joint operation with other security agencies, the FCT Police Command has restored normalcy to the Gwarinpa area of the FCT and other parts of the capital, where miscreants identified as members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites, caused unnecessary hardship to motorists and other road users, as well as individuals going about their lawful businesses,” he said.

“The miscreants who were found in their numbers were promptly intercepted by the security operatives and dispersed to prevent them from causing further disruption of public order and peace and damage to public and private assets.

“The miscreants attacked the security forces with petrol bombs, weapons including stones but were adequately rounded up by the security teams without any casualty.

“A total of 57 suspects including 39 and 18 females were arrested and currently being profiled at the State Criminal Investigations Department of the FCT Police Command.

“A golf vehicle, flags, petrol bombs, weapons, mobile phones, charms, where recovered as exhibits.”

Petrol bombs, guns, and bags of stones were recovered, according to FCT Police PRO DSP Adeh Josephine, who verified the arrest.


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