Several policemen were injured and vehicles destroyed on Monday when the Police in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, clashed with members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, also known as Shi’ites.
The Shi’ites had stormed the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, in Abuja to demand for the release of their detained leader, Mallam Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
On April 16, 2018, the police had arrested 115 members of the sect during a violent protest in the FCT. One of the Shi’ite members was killed in the incident.
A senior security officer said that the sect members had to be forcefully dispersed after all pleas to leave the area was ignored.
It was gathered that the Shi’ite members engaged the police with stones and other missiles and smashed glasses of some vehicles parked in and around the NHRC building.
They also pelted the police water cannon vehicle deployed to disperse them with stones, wounding some of the policemen, while some of the sect members ran into one of the uncompleted buildings beside the commission.
The police later called for re-enforcement, leading to deployment of more personnel with sniffer dogs to comb the building.
Although the officer declined to comment further, it was learnt some members of the sect were arrested in connection with the violent protest.
When contacted, the spokesman of the FCT Police Command, Mr. Anjuguri Manzah, said that he had no details of the incident and, therefore, declined further comments.