FEC deliberates on Shi’ite uprising, directs FCT minister to summon security

From left: National Security Adviser to the President, Babagana Monguno; Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita; Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; and President Muhammadu Buhari, during the Federal Executive Council meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday (17/10/18). 05059/17/10/2018/Sumaila Ibrahim/JMH/BJO/NAN
From left: National Security Adviser to the President, Babagana Monguno; Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita; Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; and President Muhammadu Buhari, during the Federal Executive Council meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday (17/10/18). 05059/17/10/2018/Sumaila Ibrahim/JMH/BJO/NAN

The Federal Executive Council, FEC, has directed the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Bello Muhammad, to summon meeting of the territory’s security council to address Shi’ite uprisings in the territory.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made this known when he fielded questions from State House correspondents at the end of the Council’s meeting on Wednesday in Abuja.

The meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

The minister said: “This matter came up for discussion and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory has been asked to take the matter up with his own security committee.”

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), popularly referred to as Shi’ite, had engaged the security agencies in violent clashes within and around the FCT since Saturday.

At least 45 people were reportedly killed and many others injured during clashes between soldiers and Shiite group in Zuba, Mararaba/Nyanya and Abuja in the last three days.