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6 arrested as Shiites protest in Abuja

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The Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Police Command on Monday arrested six members of the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, in Abuja.

Recall that the IMN members, popularly known as Shiites, had staged a protest, condemning the continuous detention of their leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife Zeenah.

The protest took place around the Federal Secretariat and Three Arms Zone, Abuja, Nigeria’s capital where government offices including the Presidency, National Assembly and the Judiciary are located.

Issuing a statement on Monday, the Police Public Relations Officer, FCT Command, ASP Yusuf Mariam, said the arrested members were part of a protest, which the police dispersed.

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Ms Mariam said they were destroying public property and attacking innocent citizens including police officers with stones and other dangerous objects.

The statement reads, “The FCT Police Command on Monday, 25th January, 2021 has successfully restored calm in the Central Business District after professionally dispersing a violent protest by some members of the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN)-Shiites.

“Unfortunately, the members of the disbanded sect went on a rampage destroying public property and attacking innocent citizens including Police Officers with stones and other dangerous objects. Consequently, six (6) members of the proscribed sect have been arrested and will be arraigned in court upon conclusion of investigation.

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“In view of the above, the Commissioner of Police CP. Bala Ciroma wishes to reiterate that the Command will not condone any form of attack on its personnel, equipment or other public property, as all culpable persons will face the full wrath of the law.

“While appealing to residents to remain calm and law-abiding, the Command wishes to reassure residents of its unwavering commitment to the protection of lives and property within the FCT.”

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